A brief morning visit before work with sunny conditions and a gentle northerly breeze blowing, temperatures in the mid-teens. Little in the way of Odonata was recorded as I only had a short amount of time, covering only the area along Dryham Lane and south end of Carp Lake. Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum the only species noted.
Fared a little better on the Lepidoptera front and nice to see the Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus now out in force. Despite a good check of the Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris I couldn’t find any Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola amongst them, all those seen having obviously pale tips to the underside of the antennae. Other species on the wing in this brief visit included Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina, Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus, Large White Pieris brassicae, Six-spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae and Timothy Tortrix Aphelia paleana.
True Bugs were the highlight on this visit, with two new species added to my reserve list. The first was Heterotoma planicornis an unusual looking bug on the brambles at the start of the butterfly walk. The second was Phytocoris ulmi found along the lane. Other bugs noted included Deraeocoris ruber and Apolygus spinolae.
As on other recent visits the flies are dominated by Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, closely followed by several Syrphus sp. The only other ‘hover’ found was a Syritta pipiens. Of the Solderflies and allies still several Four-barred Major Oxycera rara about, especially around the start of the butterfly walk. Others noted included Common Green Colonel Oplodontha viridula, Broad Centurian Chloromyia formosa and Common Stiletto Thereva nobilitata.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.