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.

Araneae (Spiders)

Chilopoda (Centipedes)

Coleoptera (Beetles)

Liophloeus tessulatus  (Curculionidae), Alt bridge, VC59, P.Smith
(C) P.Smith
  • 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)

Diplopoda (Millipedes)

Diptera (Flies)

Criorhina asilica (Syrphidae),Leighton Moss, VC60, 17/5, R. Lowry.
 (c) R.Lowry
  • 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)

Ischnura pumilio, VC58, 26/5, S.Seal.
 (c) S.Seal
  • 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)

iRecord records summary

GroupNo. of recordsNo. of species
insect – beetle (Coleoptera)1179226
insect – true fly (Diptera)965172
insect – hymenopteran843120
insect – dragonfly (Odonata)60916
insect – true bug (Hemiptera)56892
spider (Araneae)11628
acarine (Acari)7118
insect – orthopteran519

iRecord top 10 species

Scientific NameCommon NameOrderNo. of records
Pyrrhosoma nymphulaLarge Red DamselflyOdonata121
Coenagrion puellaAzure DamselflyOdonata118
Agelastica alniAlder Leaf BeetleColeoptera96
Bombus pascuorumCommon Carder BeeHymenoptera94
Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue DamselflyOdonata82
Libellula depressaBroad-bodied ChaserOdonata77
Propylea quattuordecimpunctata14-spot LadybirdColeoptera75
Dolycoris baccarumHairy ShieldbugHemiptera72
Palomena prasinaGreen ShieldbugHemiptera71
Oedemera nobilisSwollen-thighed BeetleColeoptera67