Intermittent sun, with a gentle south-easterly breeze blowing. This site is normally a great place to see Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta at this time of the year, so to only find one was a bit of a surprise. A nice male Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea posed well, allowing close approach, making up for the lack of the former species. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum the most abundant species, with a small number of male Black Darter Sympetrum danae also noted around the heathland pond. Butterflies were very under-represented, only singles of Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, Comma Polygonia c-album and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria noted.
Spent time searching the heath for Heather Shieldbug Rhacognathus punctatus, however the only species found here was Bronze Shieldbug Troilus luridus, an adult and late instar nymph. A couple of Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina were also present along the woodland edge.
Good numbers of Heather Beetle Lochmaea suturalis, the main prey item of Heather Shieldbug R. punctatus. The only other beetle noted was 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata with good numbers found in the Gorse.
Diptera wise, very little noted, with Myathropa florea, Eristalis tenax and Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus representing the Hoverflies, and
Kite-tailed Robberfly Machimus atricapillus the only other species recorded.
Other miscellany included Field Digger Wasp Mellinus arvensis, several present and a new species for me. A spider along the western path appears to be Metellina segmentata, the confusion species being a spring and early summer species. Spent time looking for Common Ground-hopper Tetrix undulata, but didn’t find any, however Slender Ground-hopper Tetrix subulata was a site first for me.
Finally whilst on the heath, a sign of the changing seasons was the sight and sound of a skein of around 300 Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus heading south.
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.