Arrived mid-afternoon in overcast conditions with things only brightening up around 5pm. Conditions were not ideal and it was no surprise to not find any Dragonflies or Butterflies on the wing. I did however find a few interesting invertebrates, the beetle being the most numerous. Green weevils on nettles, plenty about on this occasion, with three different species to tackle. Small Green Nettle Weevil Phyllobius roboretanus were abundant, with Green Neetle Weevil Phyllobius pomaceus also noted in good numbers. A potential third species still to be confirmed was Green Leaf Beetle Phyllobius cf. maculicornis, some what intermediate in size with hairs on the elytra. I’ve spent time checking these species out using Mark Gurney’s Polydrusus and Phyllobius guide. Another weevil found on this visit was Tropiphorus terricola. First solider beetle of the season was along the path to Turret Hide, Cantharis nigricans.
Although no butterflies were noted, lepidoptera still made the day list with two moth caterpillars found. Drinker Euthrix potatoria larvae are now looking good at around 5cm in length,with several found. Another species found was Dingy Footman Eilema griseola on one of the fence post along the northern path.
Not a good hoverfly day, though found my first Sphaerophoria of the season, along with what I believe may be Cheilosia albitarsis agg. Away from the hoverflies Empis tessellata was the only other species of fly photographed.
Finally several Cercopis vulnerata now found in several places around the reserve, along with one of the commoner spiders Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis. Another spider photographed was a Tetragnatha, unable to get to species on this one from a photo.
Finally the birds. Two Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola were the highlight, both on Reedbed Lake, along with a Little Egret Egretta garzetta. The Brent Goose Branta bernicla was still present on Silt Lagoon and a Ruff Philomachus pugnax was on Cell C of Dryham Ings.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.