North Cave Wetlands – 07/06/2018

An overcast start to the afternoon, before brightening up. A gentle northerly breeze with temperatures around 18 degrees C. Three new for year (NFY) species noted on the dragonfly front with Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator showing well with a female ovipositing in the western Dragonfly Pond, along with double figures of exuvia noted on the eastern Dragonfly Pond. Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum were also present, with breeding activity noted around the western pond. A single fresh Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum also made its first flight from the dragonfly ponds. A single male Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense was on the eastern dragonfly pond, along with good numbers of Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata also present around the reserve. The Damselflies are now more active around water now they’ve matured, especially the Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas which are out over Carp and Far Lake, only a single female being found in the surrounding grasses. A pair of Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula were in tandem around the western pond. Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum all noted in good numbers.

Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperatorEmperor Dragonfly – Anax imperator

Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperatorEmperor Dragonfly – Anax imperator (exuvia)

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

Black-tailed Skimmer - Orthetrum cancellatumBlack-tailed Skimmer – Orthetrum cancellatum

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Red-eyed Damselfly - Erythromma najasRed-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma najas

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ischnura elegansBlue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans

Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puellaAzure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella

Butterfly-wise Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus, Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina and Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta were all NFY. Smaller numbers of whites now, as we head to the lull between broods, a single Green-veined White Pieris napi the only representative of the first brood. A single Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines could well be the last I see this year, as their season is almost over. Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria are multiple brooded and it appeared that a recent emergence had taken place, as most were in good condition. A couple of Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni were still around, these most likely the last of the over-wintering adults.

Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamniBrimstone – Gonepteryx rhamni

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Large Skipper - Ochlodes sylvanusLarge Skipper – Ochlodes sylvanus

A few moths also noted on this visit. Several Yellow-barred Long-horn Nemophora degeerella (NFY) were along Dryham Lane in small clusters. Red Piercer Lathronympha strigana (NFY) was a new species altogether for me, again along Dryham Lane. Common Marble Celypha lacunana, Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella, Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata and Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata were all NFY. Several Silver Y Autographa gamma also noted around the reserve. A nice caterpillar of Yellow-tail Euproctis similis was found along the western path near Far Lake.

7.001 Nemophora degeerellaNemophora degeerella

49.345 Lathronympha striganaLathronympha strigana

49.166 Celypha lacunanaCelypha lacunana

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

Beetle-wise Polydrusus formosus, one of the green weevils was NFY and also new to me, so a nice find. Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle Agapanthia villosoviridescens was NFY and always nice to find, one of Longhorn group of beetles. Other species noted included Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis, 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis, Cantharis livida and Cantharis nigricans.

Polydrusus formosusPolydrusus formosus

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle - Agapanthia villosoviridescensGolden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle – Agapanthia villosoviridescens

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridisHarlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

Cantharis lividaCantharis livida

Cantharis nigricansCantharis nigricans

A few Solderflies and their Allies were noted on this visit, Flecked General Stratiomys singularior (NFY) being the best of the bunch with several noted around the south side of Carp Lake. One or two Broad Centurion Chloromyia formosa (NFY) are also now present around the reserve. June is the time off year to start being aware of the biting fraternity, with Black-horned Cleg Haematopota crassicornis (NFY) and Twin-lobed Deerfly Chrysops relictus (NFY) now on the wing, making their presence felt! Downlooker Snipefly Rhagio scolopaceus was (NFY) and a new reserve tick with the final species being Striped Slender Robberfly Leptogaster cylindrica (NFY).

Flecked General - Stratiomys singulariorFlecked General – Stratiomys singularior

Broad Centurian - Chloromyia formosaBroad Centurian – Chloromyia formosa

Twin-lobed Deerfly - Chrysops relictusTwin-lobed Deerfly – Chrysops relictus

Black-horned Cleg - Haematopota crassicornisBlack-horned Cleg – Haematopota crassicornis

Striped Slender Robberfly - Leptogaster cylindricaStriped Slender Robberfly – Leptogaster cylindrica

Downlooker Snipefly - Rhagio scolopaceusDownlooker Snipefly – Rhagio scolopaceus

On the hoverfly front, a new species to me, and as far as I’m aware, a new species for the reserve was Platycheirus rosarum (NFY) found along Dryham Lane. Other species recorded included Eristalinus sepulchralis, Eristalis arbustorum, Helophilus pendulus, Myathropa florea, Parhelophilus sp, Tropidia scita, Volucella bombylans and Volucella pellucens.

Platycheirus rosarumPlatycheirus rosarum

Eristalis arbustorumEristalis arbustorum

Volucella bombylansVolucella bombylans

Tropidia scitaTropidia scita

Finally several Speckled Bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima were present along the western path adjacent to Carp Lake.

Speckled Bush-cricket - Leptophyes punctatissimaSpeckled Bush-cricket – Leptophyes punctatissima

Species list
Amphibians (1)
Smooth Newt – Lissotriton vulgaris

Beetles (5)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle – Agapanthia villosoviridescens
Harlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis
Wasp Beetle – Clytus arietis
Cantharis livida
Cantharis nigricans
Polydrusus formosus

Butterflies (8)
Brimstone – Gonepteryx rhamni
Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus
Green-veined White – Pieris napi
Large Skipper – Ochlodes sylvanus
Meadow Brown – Maniola jurtina
Orange-tip – Anthocharis cardamines
Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Moths (8)
Common Marble – Celypha lacunana
Garden Grass-veneer – Chrysoteuchia culmella
Red Piercer – Lathronympha strigana
Silver Y – Autographa gamma
Silver-ground Carpet – Xanthorhoe montanata
Yellow Shell – Camptogramma bilineata
Yellow-barred Long-horn – Nemophora degeerella
Yellow-tail – Euproctis similis

Dragonflies (10)
Azure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella
Black-tailed Skimmer – Orthetrum cancellatum
Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Emperor Dragonfly – Anax imperator
Four-spotted Chaser – Libellula quadrimaculata
Hairy Dragonfly – Brachytron pratense
Large Red Damselfly – Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Red-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma najas

Bees (3)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Large Red-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lapidarius
Tree Bumblebee – Bombus hypnorum

Grasshoppers and Crickets (1)
Speckled Bush-cricket – Leptophyes punctatissima

True Bugs (1)
Cercopis vulnerata

Flies (6)
Black-horned Cleg – Haematopota crassicornis
Broad Centurion – Chloromyia formosa
Downlooker Snipefly – Rhagio scolopaceus
Flecked General – Stratiomys singularior
Striped Slender Robberfly – Leptogaster cylindrica
Twin-lobed Deerfly – Chrysops relictus

Hoverflies (9)
Eristalinus sepulchralis
Eristalis arbustorum
Helophilus pendulus
Myathropa florea
Platycheirus rosarum
Tropidia scita
Volucella bombylans
Volucella pellucens