Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve – 24/09/2017

An afternoon visit to this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve. Being a water free site, dragonflies were never going to be a major feature on the site list. A couple of Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta and a single Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum were however noted on the reserve, both species that wander far from suitable habitat.

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

A Common Blue Polyommatus icarus was still in excellent condition, considering the late date. A single Comma Polygonia c-album, Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta and a few Green-veined White Pieris napi were the only other species noted. Highlight of the Lepidoptera goes to the Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor caterpillar found just inside the entrance to the reserve. Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria and several Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana also logged.

Common Blue - Polyommatus icarusCommon Blue – Polyommatus icarus

69.016 Elephant Hawk-moth - Deilephila elpenorElephant Hawk-moth – Deilephila elpenor

Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens was a new site record, with several Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina and a single Woundwort Shieldbug Eysarcoris venustissimus for company. Tree Damsel Bug Himacerus apterus and Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius completed the list of Hemiptera on this visit.

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Woundwort Shieldbug - Eysarcoris venustissimusWoundwort Shieldbug – Eysarcoris venustissimus

Tree Damsel Bug - Himacerus apterusTree Damsel Bug – Himacerus apterus

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

A few Diptera noted included Eristalis Tenax, Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, Mesembrina meridiana and Coremacera marginata.

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Coremacera marginataCoremacera marginata

Mesembrina meridianaMesembrina meridiana

Finally a new beetle for me was keyed out as Silpha tristis. Kidney-spot Ladybird Chilocorus renipustulatus and 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata also noted along with a Sphaeroderma sp.

Silpha tristisSilpha tristis

7-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Kidney-spot Ladybird - Chilocorus renipustulatusKidney-spot Ladybird – Chilocorus renipustulatus

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