North West Invertebrates Blog

Hunting Beetles in Winter: Chester Meadows

One of the good things about recording beetles is that you can do it at any time of the year, since many beetles overwinter as adults. In summer techniques like sweeping and beating are used… Read more »

Bugs, bugs and more bugs!

  It’s nearly ten years since I produced the last Heteroptera (true bugs) checklist for Lancashire and Cheshire. So, the time has come for another update. In the last checklist an impressive 45 new county… Read more »

Woundwort Shieldbug new to VC59?

  On 12th December 2019, botanist Joshua Styles emailed me to say that he had come across a “peculiar shieldbug” hiding in a plastic bag used to store seed of Berry Catchfly (Silene baccifera) in… Read more »

South Cheshire Rare Moths Project

  ‘Guess what’. ‘What?’ ‘I left the pheromones in the freezer. We need to go back’. ‘Haha, very funny.’ ‘No, really…’ So started the South Cheshire Rare Moths Project (or SCRaM to its friends). Our… Read more »

Colletes hederae (Ivy Bee) in North Merseyside

One of the most recent additions to the north Merseyside fauna is Colletes hederae, the Ivy Bee (Fig. 1). The first UK sightings of this distinctive solitary bee were in Dorset in 2001. Within the… Read more »

Speckled Bush-cricket still in Sefton

Returning to Falklands Way dunes, Ainsdale, in August 2019, I easily located male, female and immature Speckled Bush-crickets (Leptophyes punctatissima) close to where they were first noted in 2018. Trevor Davenport also found them again… Read more »

Day of the Limnephilids

Most large insects are inactive over winter. An exception are larvae of the caddis family Limnephilidae. They eat dead leaves that fall into freshwaters and that resource is at its peak over winter; many also… Read more »