Sunny afternoon visit with a strong westerly blowing. With the strong wind, I didn’t know what to expect on the invertebrate front, but managed to find a few gems in the sheltered spots. Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense (my site first) and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum were the highlights of the dragonflies. A few Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum and Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata were around Carp Lake, with plenty of Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum and Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans for company. Several Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella found along Dryham Lane.
Butterfly wise, we seem to have hit the lull for the whites between broods, as I didn’t see a single one today. New for the year were Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, Brown Argus Aricia agestis and Large Skipper Ochlodes venatus. Several Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria also present. Sticking with lepidoptera a Nemophora degeerella was along the western path.
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle Agapanthia villosoviridescens found at several places, with a minimum of six found. First Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus of the year was on the brambles around Carp Lake. Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis also found along the western path.
Several bee species noted including Vestal Cuckoo Bee Bombus vestalis, Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum and Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum. A small Lasioglossum was also photographed, though don’t know if this can be taken to species. A small wasp photographed was new to me, Argogorytes fargeii.
Several hoverfly species in sheltered areas, in no particular order included Eupeodes corollae, Episyrphus balteatus, Syritta pipiens, Myathropa florea, Eristalis arbustorum, Eristalis tenax, Eristalis intricarius, Eristalinus sepulchralis, Helophilus pendulus, Volucella pellucens and Volucella bombylans. Other flies photographed included Black-horned Cleg Haematopota crassicornis and Common Awl Robberfly Neoitamus cyanurus.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.