A mainly cloud afternoon with sunny breaks, a light westerly breeze blowing, temperatures around 14 degrees C. Mid-may marks the start of the Dingy Skipper’s Erynnis tages brief season, so a visit to this reserve is always on the cards at this time of year to see this scarce East Yorkshire butterfly. The intermittent sunny and cloudy conditions helped find this species fairly easily, as they became active during the sunny periods, then settled as soon as the sun went in, allowing for a few photo opportunities. Other species present on the reserve included Peacock Aglais io, Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines, Green-veined White Pieris napi and Small White Pieris rapae.
This reserve always seems to have a good selection of interesting moths to find, six species noted, made up of Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria,
Teasel Marble Endothenia gentianaeana, Thistle Bell Epiblema scutulana, Small Purple & Gold Pyrausta aurata, Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae and Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia.
Beetle-wise six species were found, Agriotes pallidulus, Altica sp, Athous haemorrhoidalis, Thistle Tortoise Beetle Cassida rubiginosa, Small Green Nettle Weevil Phyllobius roboretanus and Common Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis making up the list.
Of the True Bugs it’s always nice to see Hairy Shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum, though only a couple of individuals were found, along with plenty of Cercopis vulnerata.
A few hoverflies present with Dasysyrphus tricinctus being the highlight. Other species included Cheilosia illustrata, Epistrophe eligans, Leucozona lucorum, Platycheirus peltatus and Rhingia campestris. A few other flies recorded included an Anthomyia sp, Gymnocheta viridis and Mesembrina meridiana.
A few Bumbblebees were also noted, Large Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius, Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum and Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris completing the days tally.