An afternoon visit to this Woodland Reserve, mainly focusing on the Heathland. Sunny conditions with occasional cloud and a gentle westerly blowing, temperatures around 15 degrees C.
Several Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata were emerging from the Heathland Pond and making their maiden flight. No sign of any other species on the wing though a failed emerging Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula was found in the marginal vegetation. Five species of butterflies were on the wing comprising of Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni, Green-veined White Pieris napi, Large White Pieris brassicae, Peacock Aglais io and Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae. Moth-wise Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella was the first of the year.
Several beetles were found on the Heath Heather Beetle Lochmaea suturalis being the most numerous along with several Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris. Quite a few hard to spot Gorse Weevil Exapion ulicis were on the Gorse, their small size of only 3mm making them hard to spot. A couple of Click Beetles found included Ampedus balteatus and Dalopius marginatus. Along the woodland edge a couple of Silver-Green Leaf Weevil Phyllobius argentatus were noted along with a few 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata.
Bee-wise it was nice to see Grey Mining Bee Andrena cineraria, even though they evaded the camera. Other bees noted included Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris, Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum, Large Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius, Vestal Cuckoo Bee Bombus vestalis and finally Clarke’s Mining Bee Andrena clarkella.
Birch Catkin Bug Kleidocerys resedae were numerous along with a few Harpocera thoracica, an new species to me which is associated with the Oak. A single Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina and Cercopis vulnerata were also noted.
A few hoverflies were found of the following species Eristalis arbustorum, Eristalis pertinax, Helophilus hybridus, Helophilus pendulus, Leucozona lucorum, Myathropa florea and Rhingia campestris.
This a good site for Common Ground-hopper Tetrix undulata, careful checking of the moss covered path usually turns up several individuals.