Invertebrate Notes April 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.
Bruchidius varius (Chrysomelidae), Diggle, Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, VC58/63 18/4, K. Gartside.
(c) K Gartside
Found at a high altitude, possibly 900ft asl One of only 3 records from the region but widespread in Southern England. Associated with flowers, mainly clover where the larvae probably develop in the seeds (Hodge, 1997) Adults emerge from hibernation in April and a new generation appears by July
Cassida vibex (Chrysomelidae), Ainsdale, VC59, 20/4, P. Kinsella.
Range is expanding North. This the most northerly record within the Tanyptera region. One found in the World Museum meadow by Leanna Dixon two days after this sighting Adults are distinctive due to the bicoloured elytra
Gymnetron villosulum (Curculionidae), Gowy Meadows Nature Reserve, VC58, 22/4, C. Washington.
Archive image. Mark Gurney (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
Seemingly a new species to the North West A wetland species associated with sides of rivers or ponds The larvae feed within galls formed in the seed-capsules of Veronica species
Phyllotreta striolata (Chrysomelidae), Gowy Meadows Nature Reserve, VC58, 22/4, C. Washington.
Another apparent new species to the North West A scarce beetle with very few UK records Hosts include wild and cultivated Brassica. spp Large hind legs allow the beetle to jump, hence the name “Striped flea beetle” Collembola (Springtails)
. Cheilosia nebulosa (Syrphidae), Ainsdale NNR, VC59, 15/4, P. Kinsella
A possible first sighting on the Sefton coast Within the region has also been found in Oldham area and North Lancs Tends to visit flowers Crataegus, Prunus, Salix, Taraxacum and Tussilago Records of the species are very scattered in the UK
. (Syrphidae), Ravenmeols LNR, Formby, VC59, 25/4, P. Kinsella Eriozona syrphoidesa
Another possible first sighting on the Sefton coast Was recorded on sycamore, however species is associated with pine Could be an unknown population in local coastal pine or a vagrant from upland area The larva is aphidophagous and reliant on aphids found on mature conifers ( Abies, Picea) Hemiptera (True Bugs)
Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps & Ants)
Andrena labiata (Andrenidae), New Ferry Butterfly Park, VC58, 15/4, R. Lowry
Recorded from a male specimen ID confirmed during Tanyptera Project mining bee ID workshop Few records in the North West so far Localised to coastal areas it is found throughout southern England to north Yorkshire and Wales. Possibly increasing in numbers. Wasps
Aglaostigma fulvipes (Tenthredinidae), Sands Lake, Ainsdale, VC59, 17/4, P. Kinsella.
A possible first sighting on the Sefton coast Has been observed in south Liverpool previously Larvae feed on bedstraws ( Galium spp.) Females cut the stem partially through just above the egg laying site. Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and Crickets)
Group No. of records No. of species
insect – hymenopteran 718 70
insect – true fly (Diptera) 618 92
insect – beetle (Coleoptera) 363 73
insect – true bug (Hemiptera) 152 33
crustacean 97 15
mollusc 90 23
spider (Araneae) 49 17
insect – caddis fly (Trichoptera) 23 19
millipede 20 5
insect – stonefly (Plecoptera) 12 5
iRecord top 10 species
Scientific Name Common Name Order No. of records
Andrena fulva Tawny Mining Bee Hymenoptera 109
Agelastica alni Alder Leaf Beetle Coleoptera 93
Bombylius major Dark-edged Bee-fly Diptera 85
Bombus pascuorum Common Carder Bee Hymenoptera 79
Coccinella septempunctata 7-spot Ladybird Coleoptera 68
Eristalis pertinax Diptera 66
Palomena prasina Green Shieldbug Hemiptera 52
Bombus lapidarius Red-tailed Bumblebee Hymenoptera 43
Apis mellifera Western Honey Bee Hymenoptera 39
Andrena cineraria Ashy Mining Bee Hymenoptera 38
Hodge, P.J. (1997). Bruchidius varius (Olivier) (Chrysomelidae) new to the British Isles. The Coleopterist 5(3): 65.