An afternoon visit following a morning of rain. Light cloud with intermittent sun and gentle westerly breeze. Only two species of Dragonfly noted on this visit, Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, Carp Lake being the area with most activity.
A few Gorse Shieldbug Piezodorus lituratus ventured out along Dryham Lane to warm up following the mornings rain. A couple of Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens and a Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina nymph also noted. A couple of Marsh Damselbug Nabis limbatus were found along Dryham Lane, along with a single Common Green Capsid Lygocoris pabulinus.
Several Sphaeroderma testaceum were out on the Thistles, a close examination of the pronotum needed to rule out a similar species. 22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata and Harlequin Ladybrid Harmonia axyridis also present.
Hoverfly-wise Eristalis tenax were numerous, with Helophilus pendulus and Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus the only other representative of this group.
Finally a Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum was warming itself on the Brambles along Dryham Lane, whilst a Speckled Bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima was sat on the bench overlooking Main Lake!
Full set of photos from this visit can be found on my Flickr site.