Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve – 10/05/2017

A sunny morning visit before work, with a westerly breeze blowing. Was hoping to find some Dingy Skippers Erynnis tages on the wing, but none were found on this visit, Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines, Green-veined White Pieris napi and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria being the only species noted. A few hoverflies observed included Eupeodes lunigerEpistrophe eligans, Leucozona lucorum and Rhingia campestris. A couple of other nice fly species were a Bee Fly Bombylius major and Murky-legged Black Legionnaire Beris chalybata.

Rhingia campestrisRhingia campestris

Eupeodes lunigerEupeodes luniger

Leucozona lucorumLeucozona lucorum

Bee Fly - Bombylius majorBee Fly – Bombylius major

Murky-legged Black Legionnaire - Beris chalybataMurky-legged Black Legionnaire – Beris chalybata

A few true bugs were found, with this site being a good spot to see Hairy Shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum on the White Dead Nettles. Woundwort Sheidlbug Eysarcoris venustissimus and Liocoris tripustulatus being the other species found.

Hairy Shieldbug - Dolycoris baccarumHairy Shieldbug – Dolycoris baccarum

Woundwort Shieldbug - Eysarcoris venustissimusWoundwort Shieldbug – Eysarcoris venustissimus

Liocoris tripustulatusLiocoris tripustulatus

A couple of beetles found included my first Common Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis of the year, a common species here, along with Thistle Tortoise Beetle Cassida rubiginosa.

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornisRed-headed Cardinal Beetle – Pyrochroa serraticornis

Thistle Tortoise Beetle - Cassida rubiginosaThistle Tortoise Beetle – Cassida rubiginosa

Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.