North Cave Wetlands – 24/06/2018

A sunny morning with still conditions, temperature reaching 25 degrees C. Not a great day for the smaller insects due to the heat, most hiding in the undergrowth to escape the sun. Dragonflies however were active around the Dragonfly Ponds with several Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator present including an ovipositing female on the western pond. Good numbers of Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum and Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata were present, including a praenublia form of the latter species, with the extended spots spreading across the wings. A single male Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula was also still present around the ponds. Several recently emerged Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa were in the long grasses on the south side of the western pond. Still plenty of Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum emerging, many making their maiden flight. Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum and Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans were all present in good numbers.

Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperatorEmperor Dragonfly – Anax imperator

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

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

Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsaEmerald Damselfly – Lestes sponsa

Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphulaLarge Red Damselfly – Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Seven species of Butterflies noted on this visit, full list detailed below, Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris being the latest addition to the year-list (NFY). Also of interest was a Vapourer Orgyia antiqua (NFY) caterpillar found along the western path.

Small Skipper - Thymelicus sylvestrisSmall Skipper – Thymelicus sylvestris

Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtinaMeadow Brown – Maniola jurtina

72.017 Vapourer - Orgyia antiquaVapourer – Orgyia antiqua

Nothing much else to report other than four Stoat Mustela erminea putting on an excellent display along the Northern Path.

Stoat - Mustela ermineaStoat – Mustela erminea

Beetles (3)
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Common Red Soldier Beetle – Rhagonycha fulva
Oedemera lurida

Butterflies (7)
Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus
Large Skipper – Ochlodes sylvanus
Large White – Pieris brassicae
Meadow Brown – Maniola jurtina
Ringlet – Aphantopus hyperantus
Small Skipper – Thymelicus sylvestris (NFY)
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Dragonflies (9)
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
Emperor Dragonfly – Anax imperator
Four-spotted Chaser – Libellula quadrimaculata
Large Red Damselfly – Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Bees (4)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum
Large Red-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lapidarius
Tree Bumblebee – Bombus hypnorum
White-tailed Bumblebee,Bombus lucorum

Moths (3)
Common Marble – Celypha lacunana
Garden Grass-veneer – Chrysoteuchia culmella
Vapourer – Orgyia antiqua (NFY)

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

Flies (5)
Broad Centurion – Chloromyia formosa
Common Green Colonel – Oplodontha viridula
Flecked General – Stratiomys singularior
Four-barred Major – Oxycera rara
Twin-lobed Deerfly – Chrysops relictus

Hoverflies (7)
Episyrphus balteatus
Eristalinus sepulchralis
Eristalis intricarius
Syritta pipiens
Volucella bombylans
Volucella pellucens

Mammals (1)
Stoat – Mustela erminea