North Cave Wetlands – 20/06/2018

An overcast morning with a fresh westerly blowing, temperatures around 19 degrees C. Conditions were a bit challenging with the wind making photography difficult for invertebrates. Single Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum and Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata were the only larger species noted, the dragonfly ponds really exposed to the wind today so devoid of activity. The recently emerged Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum are now starting to spread out around the reserve and are becoming more obvious. A female Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa was along Dryham Lane with Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum and Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas all noted at varying points around the site.

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsaEmerald Damselfly – Lestes sponsa

Only a handful of Butterflies active, Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus being the most numerous species. A second brood Large White Pieris brassicae was along the Northern Path in a brief sunny spell. The only other species recorded were Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus,
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria.

Ringlet - Aphantopus hyperantusRinglet – Aphantopus hyperantus

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Highlight of the day however was Corizus hyoscyami (NFY), one of the True Bugs. Although I’ve seen this species briefly before, this is the first time I’ve managed to photograph this attractive species.

Corizus hyoscyamiCorizus hyoscyami

Beetle-wise the full list is detailed at the foot of this post, only Cantharis nigra being new for the year.

Cantharis nigraCantharis nigra

Of the Hymenoptera three species of Bumblebees were active, Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum, Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum and Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum. A couple of Sawflies were also noted, one appears to be Rhogogaster punctulata (NFY), the other not possible to get to species level.Tree Bumblebee - Bombus hypnorumTree Bumblebee – Bombus hypnorum

Common Carder Bee - Bombus pascuorumCommon Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

Rhogogaster punctulataRhogogaster punctulata


On the Diptera front Coremacera marginata and a Thereva sp. were new for the year. Of the Hoverflies a Pipizella sp. was along Dryham Lane and Volucella pellucens was along the Western Path both being NFY. Other species recorded listed below.

Flecked General - Stratiomys singulariorFlecked General – Stratiomys singularior

Thereva sp.Thereva sp.

Four-barred Major - Oxycera raraFour-barred Major – Oxycera rara

PipizellaPipizella sp.

Beetles (7)
22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Common Red Soldier Beetle – Rhagonycha fulva
Small Green Nettle Weevil – Phyllobius roboretanus
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
Cantharis nigra (NFY)
Oedemera lurida

Butterflies (6)
Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus
Large Skipper – Ochlodes sylvanus
Large White – Pieris brassicae
Meadow Brown – Maniola jurtina
Ringlet – Aphantopus hyperantus
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Moths (4)
Cinnabar – Tyria jacobaeae
Common Marble – Celypha lacunana
Silver Y – Autographa gamma
Yellow-tail – Euproctis similis

Dragonflies (8)
Azure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella
Black-tailed Skimmer – Orthetrum cancellatum
Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Emerald Damselfly – Lestes sponsa
Four-spotted Chaser – Libellula quadrimaculata
Red-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma najas

Bees (3)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Early Bumblebee – Bombus pratorum
Tree Bumblebee – Bombus hypnorum

Sawflies (2)
Rhogogaster chlorosoma (NFY)

True Bugs (1)
Corizus hyoscyami (NFY)

Flies (7)
Broad Centurion – Chloromyia formosa
Common Green Colonel – Oplodontha viridula
Coremacera marginata (NFY)
Flecked General – Stratiomys singularior
Four-barred Major – Oxycera rara
Twin-lobed Deerfly – Chrysops relictus
Thereva (NFY)

Hoverflies (9)
Chrysotoxum bicinctum
Episyrphus balteatus
Eristalinus sepulchralis
Eristalis intricarius
Helophilus pendulus
Pipizella (NFY)
Volucella bombylans
Volucella pellucens (NFY)