Sunny but partially cloudy afternoon, gentle breeze from the north with temperatures just reaching double figures. The insects are now starting to appear en-masse, with too much to focus on in a short visit. Beetle wise it was nice to find the first 11-spot Ladybird Tropiphorus terricola of the year, in the usual spot along Dryham Lane between the gates either side of Carp Lake. Plenty of 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata present, but no other species notes. Another new beetle for me was a weevil Tropiphorus terricola found along the northern path, record already confirmed via iRecord. First Green Nettle Weevil Phyllobius pomaceus of the year along the western path and the attractive Knotgrass Leaf Beetle Chrysolina polita along Dryham Lane.
Several individuals of Green-veined White Pieris napi and Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines noted around the site, with a couple of Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria new for the year, and a single Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae completing the butterfly round-up. A nice Drinker Euthrix potatoria caterpillar along the northern path added to the years lepidoptera list.
Lots more hoverflies now around with several Syrphus species around, only one female being determined as Syrphus ribesii. Other species noted included Epistrophe eligans, Leucozona lucorum, Cheilosia pagana, Eristalis intricarius, Eristalis pertinax, Eristalinus sepulchralis and Melanostoma scalare. Another fly species photographed was Gymnocheta viridis.
A few bee species to dabble with included Gooden’s Nomad Bee Nomada goodeniana, Flavous Nomad Bee Nomada flava and Early Mining Bee Andrena haemorrhoa, along with a few of the more regular Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris and Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum.
Thought there might be a few more True Bugs to find around the site, but only managed a few Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor on this visit.
Finally the birds, already starting to take a back seat. Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea was on Cell A of Dryham Ings along with a couple of Ruff Philomachus pugnax and at least two pairs of Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius. At least three Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus on site, though missed out on the Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus which had been on Village Lake but couldn’t locate it at around 3:30pm when I arrived at East Hide.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.