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  30/11/2017

 Groups  Number
  Bats    3
  Bugs & Beatles    47
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    13
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes    1
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    48
  Fungi    38
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    8
Mammals    9
  Molluscs    9
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
  Moths & Miners   151
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    321
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    8
 Worms    11

Two new species were found during November


Common Plume Moth Emmelina monodactyla

Wingspan 18-27 mm.

One of the commonest of the 'Plume' moths all over Britain, and one of the few to be found in the early part of the year, as the adults occur in all months.

Like most of the Pterophoridae, the wings are cleft or divided, but this can be difficult to see, as the moth often rests with the wings rolled up tightly. The wing colour is usually pale brownish, but can be darker.


                                          Chrysoperla carnea - Chrysoperla carnea

This is the most common of our green lacewings and the only one to hibernate. Late in the season it loses the green pigment and becomes straw coloured. 

There are several other green lacewings so identification normally requires close examination of the specimen.

The adults feed on nectar, pollen and aphid honeydew but the larvae are active predators and feed on aphids and other small insects.

Often found entering houses as it prepares for hibernation.

Can be seen all year round hibernating in winter with the peak time being May to August.

Common and widespread throughout Britain.