Invertebrate Notes December 2022

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)

Orchesia micans (Melandryidae), Moore Nature Reserve, VC58, 27/12, C. Washington.
(c) C. Washington
  • A saproxylic. Previously known in Cheshire from well established sites (Oakmere, Styal, Wybunbury, Lyme Park etc). Occurrence at his relatively recently regenerated site, suggests Orchesia can spread and re-establish itself when suitable habitat is present.

Diptera (Flies)

Hemiptera (True Bugs)

Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps & Ants)




Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)

Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)

Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and Crickets)

Anacridium aegyptium Egyptian Grasshopper (Acrididae), Burschough, VC59, 1/12, A. Greene, Det. T. Hunter
  • Adult male found alive in Warehouse. Presumed escaped from transit but no obvious source.
  • Cared for until deceased. Voucher now in World Museum.
  • There are 65 UK records on NBN Atlas. Also found close to the site in 2011 at Ormskirk.
  • Casual introduction in Britain. A solitary species, not harmful to crops.

iRecord records summary (10th Jan download)

GroupNo. of recordsNo. of species
insect – beetle (Coleoptera)169128
insect – true fly (Diptera)6616
insect – hymenopteran86
insect – true bug (Hemiptera)73
spider (Araneae)33
harvestman (Opiliones)11
insect – orthopteran11

iRecord top 10 species (10th Jan download)

Accepted nameOrderFamilyNo. of records
Meliscaeva auricollisDipteraSyrphidae10
Episyrphus balteatusDipteraSyrphidae8
Eristalis tenaxDipteraSyrphidae8
Phytomyza ilicisDipteraAgromyzidae6
Syrphus torvusDipteraSyrphidae6
Eupeodes lunigerDipteraSyrphidae5
Phytomyza chaerophylliDipteraAgromyzidae5
Oniscus asellusIsopodaOniscidae4
Palomena prasinaHemipteraPentatomidae4
Eristalis pertinaxDipteraSyrphidae3