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.

Araneae (Spiders)

Chilopoda (Centipedes)

Coleoptera (Beetles)

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.
 (c) 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)

Diplopoda (Millipedes)

Diptera (Flies)

Cheilosia nebulosa (Syrphidae), Ainsdale NNR, VC59, 15/4, P. Kinsella.
 (c) 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
Eriozona syrphoidesa (Syrphidae), Ravenmeols LNR, Formby, VC59, 25/4, P. Kinsella.
 (c) P.Kinsella
  • 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 (AbiesPicea)

Hemiptera (True Bugs)

Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps & Ants)


Andrena labiata (Andrenidae), New Ferry Butterfly Park, VC58, 15/4, R. Lowry
 (c) 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.



Aglaostigma fulvipes  (Tenthredinidae), Sands Lake, Ainsdale, VC59, 17/4, P. Kinsella.
 (c) 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)

iRecord records summary

GroupNo. of recordsNo. of species
insect – hymenopteran71870
insect – true fly (Diptera)61892
insect – beetle (Coleoptera)36373
insect – true bug (Hemiptera)15233
spider (Araneae)4917
insect – caddis fly (Trichoptera)2319
insect – stonefly (Plecoptera)125

iRecord top 10 species

Scientific NameCommon NameOrderNo. of records
Andrena fulvaTawny Mining BeeHymenoptera109
Agelastica alniAlder Leaf BeetleColeoptera93
Bombylius majorDark-edged Bee-flyDiptera85
Bombus pascuorumCommon Carder BeeHymenoptera79
Coccinella septempunctata7-spot LadybirdColeoptera68
Eristalis pertinaxDiptera66
Palomena prasinaGreen ShieldbugHemiptera52
Bombus lapidariusRed-tailed BumblebeeHymenoptera43
Apis melliferaWestern Honey BeeHymenoptera39
Andrena cinerariaAshy Mining BeeHymenoptera38


  • Hodge, P.J. (1997). Bruchidius varius (Olivier) (Chrysomelidae) new to the British Isles. The Coleopterist 5(3): 65.