Invertebrate Notes May 2023
A selection of notable records reported to Tanyptera. Includes older, but newly recognised regional vice county records (dates blue). ‘The region’ = VC58, 58, 60 + Cheshire, Lancs, Merseyside, Greater Manchester.
, P.Smith (Curculionidae), Alt bridge, VC59 Liophloeus tessulatus
Only second record for Sefton coast Previous record also from the same area Diverse habitat from “meadows to mountains”, feeding on a range of common wild plants such as Creeping Thistle, Cow Parsley, Hogweed, Ivy and Colt’s-foot. Collembola (Springtails)
R. Lowry. riorhina asilica (Syrphidae),Leighton Moss, VC60, 17/5,
Low records in the local area Adults are convincing mimics of hive bees and some solitary bees. Males patrol trees and shrubs often close to the ground where they can be mistaken for males of the solitary bee Andrena scotica Tend to visit flowers such as Hawthorn and Dogwood
Tachydromia smithi (Hybotidae) , Devils Hole, VC59, 12/5, P. Brighton.
Only 3 previous records A predatory fly often found running up and down vertical tree trunks in search of prey Found on a Tanyptera Project recording day
Botanophila sylvatica (Anthomyiidae) , Devils Hole, VC59, 12/5, P. Brighton.
Sparse records across the country Fly has a possible association with fungus Also found on a Tanyptera Project recording day
Syntormon pseudospicatus (Dolichopodidae) , Devils Hole, VC59, 12/5, P. Brighton.
Previously thought of as a variety of the very common Syntormon pallipes until a few years ago Distinguished using the extent of yellow on the rear legs Possible that some previous records of pallipes in the local area should refer to this species Also found on a Tanyptera Project recording day Brachyopa Pilosa (Syrphidae)
, Chew Brook, VC59, 03/5, K.Gartside
Scarce species mostly encountered in ancient woodland Usually in the southern half of Britain but with a cluster of sites in the Scottish Highlands Associated with newly fallen Beech, but Aspen and other poplars are used in other areas.
Criorhina floccosa (Syrphidae) , Boarhurst, VC59, 06/5, K.Gartside
Low records nationally and in the local areas Larvae are associated with rotting deciduous wood. Adults are usually found in woodland with overmature trees and are seen visiting flowers to feed.
Chetostoma curvinerve (Tephritidae) , Boarhurst, VC59, 16/5, K.Gartside
Archive image GailHampshire (CC BY 2.0)
Males have very distinctive dark curved spines guarding the mouthparts Has characteristic patterning on the wings Hemiptera (True Bugs)
Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps & Ants)
Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
S.Seal. Ischnura pumilio, VC58, 26/5,
First discovered in Cheshire at a site close to Mow Cop by Andy Goodwin about 6 years ago Clearly an established population as the species has been recorded every year since This is the aurantiaca form, the immature female colouration Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and Crickets)
Group No. of records No. of species
insect – beetle (Coleoptera) 1179 226
insect – true fly (Diptera) 965 172
insect – hymenopteran 843 120
insect – dragonfly (Odonata) 609 16
insect – true bug (Hemiptera) 568 92
mollusc 132 27
spider (Araneae) 116 28
crustacean 74 9
acarine (Acari) 71 18
insect – orthopteran 51 9
iRecord top 10 species
Scientific Name Common Name Order No. of records
Pyrrhosoma nymphula Large Red Damselfly Odonata 121
Coenagrion puella Azure Damselfly Odonata 118
Agelastica alni Alder Leaf Beetle Coleoptera 96
Bombus pascuorum Common Carder Bee Hymenoptera 94
Enallagma cyathigerum Common Blue Damselfly Odonata 82
Libellula depressa Broad-bodied Chaser Odonata 77
Propylea quattuordecimpunctata 14-spot Ladybird Coleoptera 75
Dolycoris baccarum Hairy Shieldbug Hemiptera 72
Palomena prasina Green Shieldbug Hemiptera 71
Oedemera nobilis Swollen-thighed Beetle Coleoptera 67