Target Species

This page lists some of the species that NatureSpot and/or our county recorders would like NatureSpot users to look for and record. They will generally be species that are under-recorded or overlooked in Leicestershire and Rutland but should be possible to find with targeted searching based on habitat and/or season.


Group Species Details
Fungi Xylaria carpophila (Beechmast Candlesnuff)

Found by Graham Calow, Steve Mathers, Kate Nightingale, Saharima Roenisch, Alan Cann.

More records always welcome!

Flies Norellia spinipes

A Scathophagid associated with Daffodils, best searched for in spring. The following link is a little dated but includes some useful information and photos.

Old call for records

Galls Rondaniola bursaria (Lighthouse Gall)

Diptera gall found on Ground Ivy. Hairy pillars to 4mm tall on upper leaf surface, changing from green to reddish and later falling off to leave neat round holes.

Galls Parornix devoniella Leaf mines on the leaves of Hazel.
Galls Bucculatrix cristatella Feeding signs and cocoon on Yarrow.
Moths Phyllonorycter platani

Makes very obvious and distinctive mines on Plane trees. July to Nov.

Bees, Wasps, Ants

Colletes hederae

(Ivy Bee)

We've been searching for this one the last couple of years but it has proved elusive so far. On Ivy from mid-September to early November.

Ivy Bee Factsheet (pdf)

Slugs Limacus flavus (Yellow Slug)

Was common in VC55 but now replaced by the Irish Yellow Slug. Is it still here? Key ID feature is the yellow keel stripe extends from the tail at least half the length of the slug.

Info sheet

Slugs Ambigolimax nyctelius (Balkan Three-banded Slug)

Like the Greenhouse Slug but with three clear longitudinal bands. Possible sighting in 2017 but not confirmed. Specimen needed for confirmation.

See image.