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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Agallia brachyptera

Range & Status

Its distribution is predominantly eastern in Britain.

Regional Distribution

Restricted in Cornwall to The Lizard, where it was discovered at Erisey Barton by Dave Sheppard in 1980.

Habitat & Ecology

Most records are from low or sparse vegetation on dry, often calcareous soils; also known from marshy places. The species is ground-dwelling; feeds on Sheep' s Sorrel Rumex acetosella , White Clover Trifolium repens , Dandelion Taraxacum officinale agg. and Yarrow Achillea millefolium .


Abandonment of coastal grazing.


The known site is within the Lizard NNR.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.