North Cave Wetlands – 22/05/2019

A morning visit in sunny conditions with a south-westerly light to gentle breeze blowing. Temperature high of 15 degrees C.

A great morning produced one new species for the reserve (NFS) in the form of a Fine Streaked Bugkin Miris striatus nymph along the West Path. A good morning for Dragonflies with the years first (NFY) male Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense at the south side of Carp Lake; and an immature male Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa in the north-west corner of Reedbed Lake. Butterfly-wise, Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus and Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas were NFY. Other year first included Early Mining Bee Andrena haemorrhoa, Sawfly Arge cyanocrocea and Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus.

Dragonflies (8)
Azure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella
Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans
Broad-bodied Chaser – Libellula depressa (NFY)
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Four-spotted Chaser – Libellula quadrimaculata
Hairy Dragonfly – Brachytron pratense (NFY)
Large Red Damselfly – Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Red-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma najas

Butterflies (7)
Brimstone – Gonepteryx rhamni
Brown Argus – Aricia agestis
Green-veined White – Pieris napi
Holly Blue – Celastrina argiolus (NFY)
Orange-tip – Anthocharis cardamines
Peacock – Aglais io
Small Copper – Lycaena phlaeas (NFY)

Beetles (6)
14-spot Ladybird – Propylea quattuordecimpunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Wasp Beetle – Clytus arietis
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
Cantharis nigricans (NFY)
Cantharis livida (NFY)

Bees (3)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Early Bumblebee – Bombus pratorum
Early Mining Bee – Andrena haemorrhoa (NFY)

Sawflies (1)
Arge cyanocrocea (NFY)

True Bugs (2)
Fine Streaked Bugkin – Miris striatus (NFS)
Cercopis vulnerata

Hoverflies (4)
Marmalade Hoverfly – Episyrphus balteatus (NFY)
Eristalis intricarius
Leucozona lucorum
Volucella bombylans

Away from the insects at least ten Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus were in the eastern Dragonfly Pond, along with a single Common Toad Bufo bufo. Birding highlights were the drake Garganey Anas querquedula (NFY) and Turnstone Arenaria interpres (NFY) both on Cell A of Dryham Ings.