North Cave Wetlands – 25/06/2022

A good dragonfly day with ten species recorded. Small Red-eyed Damselflies were present along the west path, with one pretty mature male and several immature males, plus a single female. This is an early emergence by Yorkshire standards, by at least a couple of weeks. Ruddy and Common Darters were also new for the year, with a few Hairy Dragonflies still hanging on. Seems to be a good year for Marbled Whites with serveral around the reserve, the stronghold being the grassland in from of East Hide.

Dragonflies
Azure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella
Black-tailed Skimmer – Orthetrum cancellatum
Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Emperor Dragonfly – Anax imperator
Four-spotted Chaser – Libellula quadrimaculata
Hairy Dragonfly – Brachytron pratense
Ruddy Darter – Sympetrum sanguineum
Small Red-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma viridulum

Butterflies
Comma – Polygonia c-album
Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus
Green-veined White – Pieris napi
Marbled White – Melanargia galathea
Meadow Brown – Maniola jurtina
Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta
Ringlet – Aphantopus hyperantus
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Moths
Cinnabar – Tyria jacobaeae

Bees
Sphecodes sp.

Crickets
Speckled Bush-cricket – Leptophyes punctatissima

Flies
Marmalade Hoverfly – Episyrphus balteatus
Eristalis intricarius
Syrphus sp.