Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve – 22/05/2016

Sunny morning with gentle breeze. Main target today was Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages before they disappear for another year. Several where on the wing in the lower part of the reserve. Two Walls Lasiommata megera were also found, though weren’t settling with their wings open, so only underside shots obtained. Other butterflies present included Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Large White, Peacock and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria. Also on the lepidoptera front was a smart-looking micro moth Endothenia gentianaeana.

Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tagesDingy Skipper – Erynnis tages

Wall – Lasiommata megeraWall – Lasiommata megera

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

49.186 Endothenia gentianaeana49.186 Endothenia gentianaeana

This site is also a good place to find Hairy Shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum, with several found at both ends of the reserve in sheltered spots. Highlight of the bugs however was a Corizus hyoscyami, which unfortunately flew off before a photograph was obtained. A single Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor was also observed, along with several Woundwort Shieldbugs Eysarcoris venustissimus.

Hairy Shieldbug - Dolycoris baccarumHairy Shieldbug – Dolycoris baccarum

Best of the beetles was Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Agapanthia villosoviridescens, first of the year. A few other species seen are shown below.

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn - Agapanthia villosoviridescensGolden-bloomed Grey Longhorn – Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornisRed-headed Cardinal Beetle – Pyrochroa serraticornis

Cantharis nigricansCantharis nigricans

Green Tortoise Beetle - Cassida rubiginosaThistle Tortoise Beetle – Cassida rubiginosa

Athous haemorrhoidalisAthous haemorrhoidalis

14 Spot ladybird - Propylea quattuordecimpunctata14 Spot ladybird – Propylea quattuordecimpunctata

Other species of interest included a Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva, a couple of sawfly species Tenthredo temula and Tenthredo mesomela. Our largest millipede species Striped Millepede Ommatoiulus sabulosus.

Tawny Mining Bee - Andrena fulvaTawny Mining Bee – Andrena fulva

Tenthredo mesomelaTenthredo mesomela

Tenthredo temulaTenthredo temula

Striped Millipede - Ommatoiulus sabulosusStriped Millipede – Ommatoiulus sabulosus

A few fly species found included a Bee Fly Bombylius major at the western end of the reserve. A few hoverfly species were active though only on stayed still enough to be photogrpahed, Cheilosia pagana.

Bee Fly - Bombylius majorBee Fly – Bombylius major

Cheilosia paganaCheilosia pagana