Skipwith Common – 16/06/2019

An afternoon of intermittent sun, with a gentle south-westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around 17 degrees C.

A short visit to the common produced a few new species, Myrrha octodecimguttata 18-spot Ladybird being the highlight, found on Scots Pine. Luperus longicornis was another new species, with Anatis ocellata Eyed Ladybird, Curculio glandium Acorn Weevil and Rhagium bifasciatum being new for the year (NFY). The mainly overcast conditions meant that Dragonflies weren’t very active, only a couple of Libellula quadrimaculata Four-spotted Chaser and a single Anax imperator Emperor Dragonfly noted, the latter NFY. A couple of new moth species were found, Cedestis gysseleniella Gold Pine Ermel and Deltote pygarga Marbled White Spot. NFY were Argyresthia brockeella Gold-ribbon Argent, Blastobasis lacticolella Wakely’s Dowd and Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix. True Bugs-wise, Neolygus contaminatus was a new species, one of several very similar species. A Psyllidae sp. was also new, a tricky group, so unable to get to species level on my current knowledge. Finally a distinctive looking spider was worthy of attention and was readily identifiable as Gibbaranea gibbosa.

Beetles (10)
Anatis ocellata – Eyed Ladybird (NFY)
Coccinella septempunctata – 7-spot Ladybird
Curculio glandium – Acorn Weevil (NFY)
Luperus longicornis (NEW)
Malachius bipustulatus – Malachite Beetle
Myrrha octodecimguttata – 18-spot Ladybird (NEW)
Phyllobius pyri – Common Leaf Weevil
Rhagium bifasciatum (NFY)
Rhagonycha lignosa
Strophosoma melanogrammum – Nut Leaf Weevil

Dragonflies (2)
Anax imperator – Emperor Dragonfly (NFY)
Libellula quadrimaculata – Four-spotted Chaser

Butterflies (2)
Gonepteryx rhamni – Brimstone
Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady

Moths (7)
Argyresthia brockeella – Gold-ribbon Argent (NFY)
Blastobasis lacticolella – Wakely’s Dowd (NFY)
Cedestis gysseleniella – Gold Pine Ermel (NEW)
Deltote pygarga – Marbled White Spot (NEW)
Ditula angustiorana – Red-barred Tortrix (NFY)
Ematurga atomaria – Common Heath
Tyria jacobaeae – Cinnabar

Wasps (1)
Vespa crabro – Hornet (NFY)

True Bugs (8)
Dolycoris baccarum – Sloe Shieldbug
Nabis rugosus – Common Damselbug
Neolygus contaminatus (NEW)
Oncopsis alni
Pentatoma rufipes – Forest Bug
Psyllidae (NEW)
Tachycixius pilosus
Ulopa reticulata

Hoverflies (1)
Volucella bombylans

Spiders (1)
Gibbaranea gibbosa (NEW)