North Cave Wetlands – 07/09/2017

Predominantly overcast with a gentle southerly breeze, temperatures in low double figures. Only a few dragonflies noted due to the overcast conditions, a couple of Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta and Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea noted of the large species. Plenty of Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum around the site with a few Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum easily found. A single Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans was at the south end of Carp Lake.

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Butterflies also in short supply, only four species noted on this visit including Green-veined White Pieris napi, Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria.

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalantaRed Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

The True Bugs faired better on this occasion, with Woundwort Shieldbug Eysarcoris venustissimus, Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina, Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus, Marsh Damselbug Nabis limbatus and Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius all noted.

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

Hoverflies were mainly represented by Eristalis tenax, with Eristalis nemorum also. A couple of Helophilus pendulus found along with a single Episyrphus balteatus and Melanostoma scalare. Of the other flies a nice Coremacera marginata posed well for the camera, love the wing pattern on this species.

Helophilus pendulusHelophilus pendulus

Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatusMarmalade Hoverfly – Episyrphus balteatus

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Eristalis nemorumEristalis nemorum

Coremacera marginataCoremacera marginata

22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata was again the only representative on this group, surprised to not be finding any 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata. The only other beetle noted was Lagria hirta along the northern path.

22-spot Ladybird - Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

Lagria hirtaLagria hirta

Good numbers of Garden Spider Araneus diadematus around the site, plus a Metellina sp. Spiders are difficult to ID from photographs, many needing to be viewed under a microscope to get to species level.

Garden Spider - Araneus diadematusGarden Spider – Araneus diadematus

Metellina sp.Metellina sp.

Full set of photos can be found on my Flickr site for this visit.