North Cave Wetlands – 03/09/2017

A morning visit to the reserve, in mainly overcast conditions. Numbers of Dragonfly species are now on the wane, with only Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta bucking the trend with a healthy increase on previous visits. Plenty of males to point the camera at, and even have a dabble at some in-flight shots, which turned out better than expected. Other species still present included Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

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

Several butterflies still on the wing with some fresh Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta currently in excellent condition, difficult to ignore with the camara. A surprisingly fresh Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina was a bit of a surprise, most now very worn and past their best. Other species noted included Green-veined White Pieris napi, Large White Pieris brassicae, Small White Pieris rapae, Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni, Common Blue Polyommatus icarus and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria.

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalantaRed Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtinaMeadow Brown – Maniola jurtina

Small White - Pieris rapaeSmall White – Pieris rapae

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Hoverfly wise, Eristalis tenax were obvious around the reserve, with Eupeodes latifasciatus and Sphaerophoria scripta also observed.

Eupeodes latifasciatusEupeodes latifasciatus

Sphaerophoria scriptaSphaerophoria scripta

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata was the only ladybird noted, the only other beetle was what appears to be Poecilus versicolor.

Poecilus versicolorPoecilus cf. versicolor

Other miscellany included a couple of Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina on the brambles around Carp Lake, where a male Speckled Bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima was also located. A scorpian fly Panorpa communis was also on the brambles, the shape of the claspers confirming species. Garden Spider Araneus diadematus are now obvious around the site, with a Tetragnathidae species also noted. Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum were also present at several points around the site.

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Speckled Bush-cricket - Leptophyes punctatissimaSpeckled Bush-cricket – Leptophyes punctatissima

Panorpa communisPanorpa communis

Garden Spider - Araneus diadematusGarden Spider – Araneus diadematus


Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascuorumCommon Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

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