Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve – 02/07/2017

A sunny morning with a westerly breeze blowing. Dragonflies don’t feature much at this reserve, so it was a nice surprise to find an immature Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea at the entrance.

Southern Hawker - Aeshna cyaneaSouthern Hawker – Aeshna cyanea

Butterflies were the main target, specifically Marbled White Melanargia galathea which are now abundant around the reserve, particularly on the upper slope. Other species recorded on this visit included Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus, Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris, Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilusMeadow Brown Maniola jurtina and Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus. Only one moth noted though this was a new species in the form of Brown Plume Stenoptilia pterodactyla.

Marbled White - Melanargia galatheaMarbled White – Melanargia galathea

Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtinaMeadow Brown – Maniola jurtina

Brown Plume - 45.012 BF1509 Stenoptilia pterodactylaBrown Plume – Stenoptilia pterodactyla

A good number of the True Bugs represented on the reserve with 11 species noted consisting of Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius, Potato Leafhopper Eupteryx aurata, Evacanthus interruptus, Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor, Tree Damsel Bug Himacerus apterus, Deraeocoris flavilinea, Common Flower Bug Anthocoris nemorum, Grypocoris stysi, Polymerus nigrita, Plagiognathus arbustorum and Heterotoma planicornis.

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

Potato Leafhopper - Eupteryx aurataPotato Leafhopper – Eupteryx aurata

Evacanthus interruptusEvacanthus interruptus

Pied Shieldbug - Tritomegas bicolorPied Shieldbug – Tritomegas bicolor

Tree Damsel Bug - Himacerus apterusTree Damsel Bug – Himacerus apterus

Heterotoma planicornisHeterotoma planicornis

Deraeocoris flavilineaDeraeocoris flavilinea

Plagiognathus arbustorumPlagiognathus arbustorum

Anthocoris nemorumAnthocoris nemorum

Grypocoris stysiGrypocoris stysi

Polymerus nigritaPolymerus nigrita

On the diptera front, with the exception of Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, hoverflies were notable by their absence, with only a few Syrphus and a Chrysotoxum bicinctum noted. A few other flies noted included a possible Common Stiletto Thereva cf. nobilitata, Slender-footed Robberfly Leptarthrus brevirostris and Stripe-legged Robberfly Dioctria baumhaueri, with Broad Centurion Chloromyia formosa being the only soldierfly noted.

Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatusMarmalade Hoverfly – Episyrphus balteatus

Syrphus sp.Syrphus sp.

Chrysotoxum bicinctumChrysotoxum bicinctum

Common Stilletto - Thereva cf. nobilitataCommon Stilletto – Thereva cf. nobilitata

Stripe-legged Robberfly - Dioctria baumhaueriStripe-legged Robberfly – Dioctria baumhaueri

Slender-footed Robberfly - Leptarthrus brevirostrisSlender-footed Robberfly – Leptarthrus brevirostris

Broad Centurian - Chloromyia formosaBroad Centurian – Chloromyia formosa

The final miscellany included three beetles 14-spot Ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata, Thistle Tortoise Beetle Cassida rubiginosa and Common Red Soldier Beetle Rhagonycha fulva. A couple of hymenoptera included Ruby-tailed Wasp Chrysis ignita sensu lato and a Lasioglossum sp. bee.

Thistle Tortoise Beetle - Cassida rubiginosaThistle Tortoise Beetle – Cassida rubiginosa

Common Red Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha fulvaCommon Red Soldier Beetle – Rhagonycha fulva

Chrysis cf. ignitaChrysis cf. ignita

Lasioglossum sp.Lasioglossum sp.

All photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.