North Cave Wetlands – 29/09/2017

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.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

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.

Gorse Shieldbug - Piezodorus lituratusGorse Shieldbug – Piezodorus lituratus

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Common Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaCommon Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Marsh Damselbug - Nabis limbatusMarsh Damselbug – Nabis limbatus

Common Green Capsid - Lygocoris pabulinusCommon 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.

Sphaeroderma testaceumSphaeroderma testaceum

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

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridisHarlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

Hoverfly-wise Eristalis tenax were numerous, with Helophilus pendulus and Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus the only other representative of this group.

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

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!

Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascuorumCommon Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

Speckled Bush-cricket - Leptophyes punctatissimaSpeckled Bush-cricket – Leptophyes punctatissima

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