North Cave Wetlands – 14/05/2017

A sunny evening visit to the wetlands. Speckled Bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima nymphs have started to appear, with a few down Dryham Lane, and along the western path. They are pretty small at the moment, only 4mm in length excluding the antennae, so take some finding as they blend in well on the Bramble leaves.

Speckled Bush-cricket - Leptophyes punctatissimaSpeckled Bush-cricket – Leptophyes punctatissima

A few beetles present included a Willow Flee Beetle Crepidodera aurata, again the photo can be misleading when it comes to size as these are only 3mm in length. A Click Beetle nearby is likely to be Athous haemorrhoidalis, but not confirmed. 22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata and 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata the only other species recorded.

Willow Flea Beetle - Crepidodera aurataWillow Flea Beetle – Crepidodera aurata

Athous haemorrhoidalisAthous cf. haemorrhoidalis

7-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Birding wise, several pairs of Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius on site, the majority on Dryham Ings Cell A, plus a showy pair on Reedbed Lake. Other waders present on site included one of the Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola on Reedbed Lake, Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos and Curlew Numenius arquata on Cell A. Several pairs of Common Tern Sterna hirundo were on the islands on Silt Lagoon.

Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubiusLittle Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius

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