Species Account for Forficula lesnei
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Taxonomic group: grasshoppers, crickets and allies (Orthoptera group) - County data
Lesne's Earwig on Orthoptera Recording Scheme website
Essex Red Data List comment
Stebbing (Wake 2000)
Marshall & Haes (1988) state that there are pre-I96I records for Lesne's Earwig Forficula lesnei from nearly all the Channel-coast counties as well as the Scillies and Lundy, and that from what is known of its distribution, it is probably a fairly early post-glacial arrival at the extreme edge of its range. Since 1960, all the records have been from central-southern and south-eastern England, mainly as the result of detailed surveys. Marshall & Haes indicate that F. lesnei has usually been found in late summer, mainly by beating, and that it has most recently been found in oak woodland, chalk scrub (particularly near disused quarries, hedgerows and nettle-beds, as well as rough herbage on sea cliffs. There are few records for Forficula lesnei in Essex and those to 2002 are detailed in Bowdrey (2003), who mentions a 1983 record from near Tollesbury held by the Biological records Centre at Monks Wood. Marshall & Haes (op. cit.) also state that the species has been found at Tollesbury, Essex. In recent years P.R. Harvey has found the earwig at a number of sites near the Thames in S. Essex. References