North Cliffe Wood – 10/05/2018

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.

North Cliffe Wood

North Cliffe WoodSeveral 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.

Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculataFour-spotted Chaser – Libellula quadrimaculata

7.006 Adela reaumurellaAdela reaumurella

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.

Gorse Weevil - Exapion ulicisGorse Weevil – Exapion ulicis

Silver-Green Leaf Weevil - Phyllobius argentatusSilver-Green Leaf Weevil – Phyllobius argentatus

Green Tiger Beetle - Cicindela campestrisGreen Tiger Beetle – Cicindela campestris

Ampedus balteatusAmpedus balteatus

Dalopius marginatusDalopius marginatus

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.

Clarke's Mining Bee - Andrena clarkellaClarke’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.

Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedaeBirch Catkin Bug – Kleidocerys resedae

Harpocera thoracicaHarpocera thoracica

Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaGreen Shieldbug – Palomena prasina

A few hoverflies were found of the following species Eristalis arbustorum, Eristalis pertinax, Helophilus hybridus, Helophilus pendulus, Leucozona lucorum, Myathropa florea and Rhingia campestris.

Helophilus hybridusHelophilus hybridus

This a good site for Common Ground-hopper Tetrix undulata, careful checking of the moss covered path usually turns up several individuals.

Common Ground-hopper - Tetrix undulataCommon Ground-hopper – Tetrix undulata