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Species Information

This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.


If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.





Total Number of Recorded Species in the Brierdene  30/06/2018

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 Groups  Number
 Arachnids
  34
  Bats    3
  Birds
   125
  Bugs & Beatles    47
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    14
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes    1
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    50
  Fungi    39
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    8
Mammals    10
  Molluscs    9
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
Moulds
   121
  Moths & Miners   151
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    322
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    8
 Worms    11
   


One new species was found during June

     


Great Pied Hoverfly Volucella pellucens



Life span:  Up to 35 days (average just 12 days)


Sometimes called the Pellucid Hoverfly, this is one of the largest flies in Britain.

It has a striking ivory-white band across its middle and large dark spots on its wings.

It's shape and size are very bumblebee-like.  The name "pellucid" literally means translucently clear, and if you catch this hoverfly in a certain light you can see right through its middle.

 

Its larvae live in the nests of social wasps and bumblebees, eating waste products and the bee larvae.

 

Habitat

Well wooded hedgerows, woods and copses where it favours Bramble flowers and umbellifers.

 

Usually seen fromMay to October peaking June and July.

Common throughout Britain.





Original photo left was taken in the dene


by Steve Stone


The one above is taken from the internet.

Butterflies and Bee seen in the dene on the 30th June 

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Speckled Wood at least 12 were seen on the dene top at the west end




Ringlet (new emerged ones do not always have the spots)   at least 15 were seen in the middle and east end of the lower dene

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Meadow Blue - Female


at least 12 were seen at the east end of the lower dene

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Tree Bee


at least 6 were seen on the Meadow Cranesbill

at the east end of the lower dene