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Species Account for Forficula lesnei

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Forficula lesnei  Finot, 1887
Lesne's Earwig
Orthoptera group: Forficulidae

Forficula lesnei

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened?

Records: 288
First Record: 1983
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 26
Pre-1992 hectads: 1
Total hectads: 27
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Forficula lesnei
Forficula lesnei

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Taxonomic group: grasshoppers, crickets and allies (Orthoptera group) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
Stebbing (Wake 2000)

Species text
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

Species text last edited on Thu Nov 18th 2010 by user 169


Broad Habitat Data (based on 182 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 21 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 219 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 288 records with habitat detail and method information)

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