A morning visit to this Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve. Temperatures were just in to the teens, with intermittent sun and still conditions. The True Bugs were well represented on this visit, many making the most of the early morning sun to warm up. Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus was a new species to me, three found on the heathland. Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina were numerous, most found in the south-east corner of the heathland, with Birch Shieldbug Elasmostethus interstinctus and Hawhthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale. A single Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens was also found in the heather on the heathland. Several ‘Mirid’ bugs were also found on the heathland, Scolopostethus decoratus being a heather species. Several Lygus sp. noted, though difficult to separate these without detailed examination. A single Common Flower Bug Anthocoris nemorum was out numbered by the Birch Catkin Bug Kleidocerys resedae, two late instar larvae of the latter species being found on the wooden fencing. A single Alder Spittlebug Aphrophora alni was on the woodland edge of the heath, whilst several Eupteryx urticae and Eupteryx aurata were found along the western path.
Other groups were poorly represented, the highlight being a first for the year in the shape of Adonis’ Ladybird Hippodamia variegata found on the heath. Good numbers of 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata also noted.
Other miscellany included a single Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, Kite-tailed Robberfly Machimus atricapillus and a couple of
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum.
Full set of photos can be found on my Flickr site.