Moth survey 2013 by Neil Fletcher
Invertebrate Survey 2012 by John Tyler
Invertebrate Survey 2010 by John Tyler
Short Invertebrate Survey 29th May 2009 by M.G. Bloxham FRES (Surveyor: Invertebrates), W.R. Price & T. Hussey (Field Assistants)
General comments of insect life on Naphill Common:-
Being a mature oak and beech wood with numerous veteran trees and rotting logs, Naphill Common ought
to have a rich insect fauna, including some rarities. We might expect to find stag beetles Lucanus
cervus associated with the oaks, and even lesser stag beetles Dorcus parallelipipedus.
Another rare beetle, Sinodendron cylindricum has been found nearby in Park Wood and Stocking
Lane Wood. Since this breeds in rotting beech trees it should be present on the common. There are
several species of longhorn beetle that also breed in ancient deciduous trees, so we could look out for
them. Beetles are not the only insects associated with ancient trees: the crane-fly Ctenophora
flaveolata, a Red Data Book rarity, has been seen at Hampden - so why not Naphill?
Red Data Book Crane-fly © Philip Hussey
There are many other, less rare insects to look out for. Around the ponds there are several species
of dragonfly and damselfly and on the birch trees you will find species of shield bug: the green, the
forest and the hawthorn bug, but also the parent bug Elasmucha grisea, which is unusual because
the female looks after its young until they are almost adult - a rare thing in insects (earwigs do the
same). There are numerous butterflies including speckled wood, comma and purple hairsteak.
One of the objectives of the Friend of Naphill Common is to carry out surveys on animal and plant life found on the Common.
This could be carried out by a mixture of professional bodies or individuals and members of Friends of Naphill Common who have either an interest or just happen to see something on the Common.
If you have any information or can help in any way please do not hesitate to contact Trevor Hussey (see contact us)