North Cave Wetlands – 07/06/2017

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.

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puellaAzure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ischnura elegansBlue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans

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.

Brown Argus - Aricia agestisBrown Argus – Aricia agestis

Large Skipper - Ochlodes sylvanusLarge Skipper – Ochlodes sylvanus

Common Blue - Polyommatus icarusCommon Blue – Polyommatus icarus

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

7.001 Nemophora degeerellaNemophora degeerella

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.

Malachite Beetle - Malachius bipustulatusMalachite Beetle – Malachius bipustulatus

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn - Agapanthia villosoviridescensGolden-bloomed Grey Longhorn – Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Harelquin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridisHarelquin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

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.

Vestel Cuckoo Bee - Bombus vestalisVestel Cuckoo Bee – Bombus vestalis

Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascuorumCommon Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

Lasioglossum sp.Lasioglossum sp.

Argogorytes fargeiiArgogorytes 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.

Myathropa floreaMyathropa florea

Volucella bombylansVolucella bombylans

Eristalinus sepulchralisEristalinus sepulchralis

Eristalis arbustorumEristalis arbustorum

Common Awl Robberfly - Neoitamus cyanurusCommon Awl Robberfly – Neoitamus cyanurus

Black-horned Cleg - Haematopota crassicornisBlack-horned Cleg – Haematopota crassicornis

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