An afternoon visit with intermittent sun and a fresh westerly breeze blowing. Good numbers of Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta were around butterfly walk, making full use of the sheltered conditions, a single Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea also present. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum were the most numerous species, however Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum are now in rapid decline and were the only Damselfly species noted.
Butterfly-wise, a Common Blue Polyommatus icarus was still present along Dryham Lane, where a couple of Comma Polygonia c-album were showing well. Other species noted included Large White Pieris brassicae, Green-veined White Pieris napi and Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta.
A good day for True Bugs with two new Shieldbug site ticks, wasn’t expecting that. First was a Red-legged Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes, followed by Bronze Shieldbug Troilus luridus, the latter not the best looking individual due to damage. Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus, Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina and Woundwort Shieldbug Eysarcoris venustissimus were also recorded around the site. Finally an Alder Spittlebug Aphrophora alni was also found along Dryham Lane.
On the fly front, a female Anasimyia contracta was a nice find along the butterfly walk. Other ‘hovers’ noted included Eristalis tenax, Helophilus pendulus and Cheilosia pagana.
Several beetles recorded included a couple which can’t be taken further than genus from a photograph, Nebria sp. and Psylliodes sp. 22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata and 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata also noted.
Other miscellany included Lesser Marsh Grasshopper Chorthippus albomarginatus and Speckled Bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima, despite the size of the latter, still easily overlooked. A female Lasioglossum sp. another species that will only remain at genus level from a photo. A nice Walnut Orbweb Spider Nuctenea umbratica was on one of the posts at the start of the butterfly walk.
Finally the birds get a look in for a change, with Kingfisher Alcedo atthis being very active around the site on this visit. Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus and Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos were present on Dryham Ings Cell A, along with seven returning Wigeon Anas penelope.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.