Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve – 24/05/2017

A brief afternoon visit with sunny conditions and a moderate westerly blowing. Butterflies were the main draw, Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages being the target, after failing to find one on my last visit. The wind made it difficult, though I did manage to find a few and get at least on decent shot. Other species included Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni, Large White Pieris brassicae, Green-veined White Pieris napi, Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines, Comma Polygonia c-album and Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus.

Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tagesDingy Skipper – Erynnis tages

Comma - Polygonia c-albumComma – Polygonia c-album

A few other bits and pieces photographed included Common Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis and Thistle Tortoise Beetle Cassida rubiginosa. Hairy Shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum and Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor were active in their usual north-east corner. Volucela bombaylans was the only Hoverfly noted.

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

Thistle Tortoise Beetle - Cassida rubiginosaThistle Tortoise Beetle – Cassida rubiginosa

Hairy Shieldbug - Dolycoris baccarumHairy Shieldbug – Dolycoris baccarum

Pied Shieldbug - Tritomegas bicolorPied Shieldbug – Tritomegas bicolor

Volucella bombylansVolucella bombylans

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