North Cave Wetlands – 01/05/2018

A predominantly cloudy afternoon with intermittent bright sunny periods, a moderate westerly breeze blowing, temperatures around 12 degrees C. A good day with several new for the year (NFY) species, the highlight coming from the Hoverflies with Criorhina floccosa being a first for me. This beauty of a hoverfly was found along the western path, half way along Carp Lake. Several other species noted today included Epistrophe eligans, Eristalinus sepulchralis (NFY), Eristalis intricarius (NFY), Eristalis pertinax, Helophilus pendulus (NFY), Leucozona lucorum (NFY), Melanostoma scalare (NFY) and Syrphus ribesii (NFY). Other Flies found included the first Soldier Fly of the season Murky-legged Black Legionnaire Beris chalybata (NFY) and Tipula rufina (NFY) one of the Crane-fly species.

Criorhina floccosaCriorhina floccosa

Eristalinus sepulchralisEristalinus sepulchralis

Helophilus pendulusHelophilus pendulus

Syrphus ribesiiSyrphus ribesii

Epistrophe eligansEpistrophe eligans

Leucozona lucorumLeucozona lucorum

Melanostoma scalareMelanostoma scalare

Murky-legged Black Legionnaire - Beris chalybataMurky-legged Black Legionnaire – Beris chalybata

Tipula rufinaTipula rufina

A nice selections of Bees present today, with Small Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum (NFY) alongside Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris, Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum, Large Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius and Vestal Cuckoo Bee Bombus vestalis. A few Mining Bees around, though only Hawthorn Mining Bee Andrena chrysosceles pinned down to species. Also nice to catch up with a couple of Nomada Bees, parasites of the Mining Bees both Gooden’s Nomad Bee Nomada goodeniana (NFY) and Nomada flava agg. (NFY) both recorded. The latter species impossible to identify to species without detailed examination, one of a group of three tri-coloured species that could all be present on site.

Vestel Cuckoo Bee - Bombus vestalisVestel Cuckoo Bee – Bombus vestalis

Small Garden Bumblebee - Bombus hortorumSmall Garden Bumblebee – Bombus hortorum

Large Red-tailed Bumblebee - Bombus lapidariusLarge Red-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lapidarius

Hawthorn Mining Bee - Andrena chrysoscelesHawthorn Mining Bee – Andrena chrysosceles

Gooden's Nomad Bee - Nomada goodenianaGooden’s Nomad Bee – Nomada goodeniana

Nomada cf. flavaNomada cf. flava

The first of the Nettle Weevils appeared today, a couple of Green Nettle Weevil Phyllobius pomaceus (NFY) found along the western path. A small beetle found along Dryham Lane appears to be Cyphon cf. laevipennis (NFY) a common species associated with Reeds. 14-spot Ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata was NFY.

Green Nettle Weevil - Phyllobius pomaceusGreen Nettle Weevil – Phyllobius pomaceus

Cyphon cf. laevipennisCyphon cf. laevipennis

A few butterflies active when the sun came out included Green-veined White Pieris napi, Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines, Peacock Aglais io, Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria. Moth-wise a Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata (NFY) was in North Dyke and a Yellow-tail Euproctis similis (NFY) caterpillar was on Crossland Hide door.

70.061 Common Carpet - Epirrhoe alternataCommon Carpet – Epirrhoe alternata

72.013 Yellow-tail - Euproctis similisYellow-tail – Euproctis similis

Only a couple of True Bugs noted on this visit, Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina and Scolopostethus thomsonii.

Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaGreen Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

Scolopostethus thomsoniScolopostethus thomsoni

Spiders are a difficult group to do without detailed examination, a Cucumber Spider Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato (NFY) being one of two potential species. Plenty of Larinioides cornutus on the Nettles along North Dyke.

Cucumber Spider - Araniella cucurbitina sensu latoCucumber Spider – Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato

Larinioides cornutusLarinioides cornutus

Finally the birds with several firsts for the year including Greenshank Tringa nebularia on Cell A of Dryham Ings; Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos on Main Lake; Common Tern Sterna hirundo over Carp Lake and several Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca singing from around the reserve. Other birds of interest included the Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra in North Field and the Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus still present on Reedbed Lake.

Avocet - Recurvirostra avosettaAvocet – Recurvirostra avosetta

Species list
Birds (57)

Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta
Blackbird – Turdus merula
Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla
Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Blue Tit – Cyanistes caeruleus
Buzzard – Buteo buteo
Carrion Crow – Corvus corone
Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
Common Gull – Larus canus
Common Sandpiper – Actitis hypoleucos
Common Tern – Sterna hirundo
Corn Bunting – Emberiza calandra
Dunnock – Prunella modularis
Feral Pigeon – Columba livia
Gadwall – Anas strepera
Goldfinch – Carduelis carduelis
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
Greenshank – Tringa nebularia
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
House Martin – Delichon urbicum
Jackdaw – Corvus monedula
Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus
Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus
Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fuscus
Lesser Whitethroat – Sylvia curruca
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
Mediterranean Gull – Larus melanocephalus
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Oystercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus
Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus
Pink-footed Goose – Anser brachyrhynchus
Pochard – Aythya ferina
Red Kite – Milvus milvus
Red-legged Partridge – Alectoris rufa
Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Rook – Corvus frugilegus
Sand Martin – Riparia riparia
Sedge Warbler – Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Shelduck – Tadorna tadorna
Shoveler – Anas clypeata
Skylark – Alauda arvensis
Song Thrush – Turdus philomelos
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus
Stock Dove – Columba oenas
Teal – Anas crecca
Tree Sparrow – Passer montanus
Tufted Duck – Aythya fuligula
Whitethroat – Sylvia communis
Willow Warbler – Phylloscopus trochilus
Woodpigeon – Columba palumbus
Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Beetles (4)
14-spot Ladybird – Propylea quattuordecimpunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Green Nettle Weevil – Phyllobius pomaceus
Cyphon cf. laevipennis

Butterflies and Moths (7)
Green-veined White – Pieris napi
Orange-tip – Anthocharis cardamines
Peacock – Aglais io
Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria
Common Carpet – Epirrhoe alternata
Yellow-tail – Euproctis similis

Bees (8)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus terrestris
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Gooden’s Nomad Bee – Nomada goodeniana
Hawthorn Mining Bee – Andrena chrysosceles
Large Red-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lapidarius
Small Garden Bumblebee – Bombus hortorum
Vestal Cuckoo Bee – Bombus vestalis
Nomada flava agg.

True Bugs (2)
Green Shieldbug – Palomena prasina
Scolopostethus thomsonii

Hoverflies (8)
Criorhina floccosa
Epistrophe eligans
Eristalinus sepulchralis
Eristalis intricarius
Eristalis pertinax
Helophilus pendulus
Leucozona lucorum
Melanostoma scalare
Syrphus ribesii

Flies (4)
Murky-legged Black Legionnaire – Beris chalybata
St Marks Fly – Bibio marci
Scathophaga stercoraria
Tipula rufina

Spiders (2)
Araniella cucurbitina sensu lato
Larinioides cornutus