Invertebrate Notes February 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)

Collembola (Springtails)

Bilobella braunerae (Neanuridae), Brabyns Park, Marple, VC58, 20/2, R. Atherton. Confirmed by Peter Shaw.
(c) Ralph Atherton
  • Appears new to VC58 and the NW region.
  • c.40 spotted under a small area of bark on a fallen Beech branch.
  • First found in the UK by Pete Boardman in Shropshire in 2015.
  • The UK’s only pink collembolan.

Diplopoda (Millipedes)

Brachydesmus superus (Polydesmidae), Reynolds Park, Woolston, VC59, 24/2, S. Marley.
Susan Marley (CC-BY)
  • Appears new to VC59 and Merseyside despite being a common and widespread species in Britain and Ireland.
  • Found under a log.
  • A generalist – recorded from a very wide range of habitats

Diptera (Flies)

Heterostylodes nominabilis (Anthomyiidae), Myers Allotment, Morecambe Bay, VC60, 22/05/2021, R. Zloch.
  • Newly recognised first record for VC60.
  • Appears widely distributed in Great Britain according to NBN Atlas (112 records).
Lasiomma anthomyinum (Anthomyiidae), Kit Brow, Galgate, VC60, 9/06/2021, R. Zloch.
  • Newly recognised first record for VC60.
  • Appears widely distributed in England and Wales, and has been recorded as far North as Edinburgh according to NBN Atlas (50 records).

Hemiptera (True Bugs)

Ash Whitefly Siphoninus phillyreae (Aleyrodidae), Formby, VC59, 10/11/2022, S. McWilliam.
  • Appears new to VC59 and the NW region.
  • Whiteflies a very poorly recorded group of bugs and therefore national status is not well understood.
  • Found on Hawthorn.
Acericerus heydenii (Cicadellidae), Formby, VC59, 19/02, P. Smith.
(c) Phil Smith
  • Found inside a car.
  • This leafhopper has spread rapidly through the UK since being detected in 2010 in southern England. There are now 4 regional records, having been first identified by Steve McWilliam in Woolston in 2021. Apparently not yet recorded from VC60.
  • Feeds mainly on Sycamore and Norway Maple.

Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps & Ants)




Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)

Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)

Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and Crickets)

iRecord records summary (13th Feb download)

GroupNo. of recordsNo. of species
insect – true fly (Diptera)10216
insect – hymenopteran4010
insect – beetle (Coleoptera)3126
insect – true bug (Hemiptera)138
springtail (Collembola)74
harvestman (Opiliones)32
spider (Araneae)32

iRecord top 10 species (13th Feb download)

Accepted nameOrderFamilyNo. of records
Eristalis tenaxDipteraSyrphidae26
Meliscaeva auricollisDipteraSyrphidae25
Episyrphus balteatusDipteraSyrphidae19
Bombus terrestrisHymenopteraApidae14
Apis melliferaHymenopteraApidae12
Oniscus asellusIsopodaOniscidae9
Syrphus torvusDipteraSyrphidae9
Porcellio scaberIsopodaPorcellionidae9
Phytomyza ilicisDipteraAgromyzidae8
Philoscia muscorumIsopodaPhilosciidae5