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