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  31/08/2018

 Groups  Number
  Bats    3
  Bugs & Beatles    51
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    15
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes    1
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    51
  Fungi    39
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    8
Mammals    10
  Molluscs    9
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
  Moths & Miners   165
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    323
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    9
 Worms    11

Six new species that were found during the BIo Blitz


                             Alder Spittlebug  Aphrophora alni

One of several similarly-patterned, large froghoppers, but probably the most common and widespread.  Length 9-10 mm

These 'froghoppers' inhabit dry and moist habitats of lowlands and mountainous areas, forest edges, hedgerows, meadows, gardens and parks, from the lowlands up to mountains at an elevation up to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above sea level.

Adults usually seen May to October

Soldier Beetle   Catharis rustica

There are several Cantharis beetles but this is one of the more common. It has black, shiny elytra (wing cases) covered in fine hairs. 

Length 9 to 12.5 mm.

It can be found in areas with tall grasses, and in open woodland. they are frequent visitors to thistles and umbelliferous flowers, where they probably prey on other flower-feeding insects.

Usually seen Mid May to Late June.

Common throughout England and Wales.

Common Froghopper   Philaenus spumarius

An extremely common species in a wide range of plants across the UK, the larvae are the familiar producers of 'cuckoo-spit' in gardens.

Length 5-7 mm

Usually seen on vegetation such as bushes in grassy areas from June to September.

Common throughout England and Wales.

Rhagonycha limbata

A small (5 to 6 mm) golden brown beetle with a black head, black thighs and a large black mark on the pronotum which is shaped like a vase with an angled base.

Typically occurring in open grassland on dry soils.

Seen during the Spring and Summer months.

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout Britain.


Picture Wing Fly 

Chaetorellia (probably jaceae?)

Picture-winged flies are a large and diverse cosmopolitan family of flies  Length 6mm

They are often known as picture-winged flies, along with members of other families in the superfamily Tephritoidea that have patterns of bands or spots on the wings.

Usually seen in Grassland and Brownfiled sites 

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout Britain.

Clubiona  Sp

Several other Clubiona species look very similar and identification requires high power magnification to examine the male papal organs and genitalia.

The spider can be found amongst low vegetation and detritus in a wide range of habitats, most often in damp or marshy situations, but also scrub grassland, nettle beds, rubbish tips and heathland.

Adults of both sexes are found mainly in late spring to mid-summer, females occasionally persisting into the autumn and winter.

Common and widespread throughout Britain.