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.
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.
Hoverfly wise, Eristalis tenax were obvious around the reserve, with Eupeodes latifasciatus and Sphaerophoria scripta also observed.
22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata was the only ladybird noted, the only other beetle was what appears to be Poecilus 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.
The full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.