North Cave Wetlands – 01/08/2018

A sunny morning with a gentle south-westerly breeze and occasional cloudy spells, temperature around 20 degrees C. Small Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma viridulum are a bit easier to spot this year, especially from South Hide, as a couple of males were making use of the floating vegetation and algal mat just in front of the hide. They’re also present on Carp lake on the floating vegetation close to the south bank, as well as that found on Far Lake from the view point along the western path. Several Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis around the reserve, usually a hard species to photograph, however an obliging female put on a good show on Carp Lake. The dragonfly ponds were a let down on this visit, mainly due to the overcast conditions when I arrived there, the remaining species noted comprising of Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa, Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea.

Small Red-eyed Damselfly - Erythromma viridulumSmall Red-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma viridulum

Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandisBrown Hawker – Aeshna grandis

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Nine species of butterflies noted around the site with several Painted Lady Vanessa cardui along the Maize Field path being the highlight. The second generation of Common Blue Polyommatus icarus have now appeared, so should see an increase in their numbers over the next few weeks. Other species present included Comma Polygonia c-album, Large White Pieris brassicae, Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina, Peacock Aglais io, Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris, Small White Pieris rapae and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria.

Painted Lady - Vanessa carduiPainted Lady – Vanessa cardui

Small White - Pieris rapaeSmall White – Pieris rapae

Cinnabar - Tyria jacobaeaeCinnabar – Tyria jacobaeae

This was a fairly quick visit for me, so didn’t pick up as many other invertebrates as usual. Highlights of the remainder, full list below, included a new hoverfly Chrysogaster solstitialis at the south side of Carp lake. Chilacis typhae are now also appearing, a small True Bug which can be found on the heads of the Bulrushes on the south side of Carp Lake.

Chrysogaster solstitialisChrysogaster solstitialis

Chilacis typhaeChilacis typhae

Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumariusCommon Froghopper – Philaenus spumarius

22-spot Ladybird - Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata

Beetles (2)
22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Butterflies (9)
Comma – Polygonia c-album
Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus
Large White – Pieris brassicae
Meadow Brown – Maniola jurtina
Painted Lady – Vanessa cardui
Peacock – Aglais io
Small Skipper – Thymelicus sylvestris
Small White – Pieris rapae
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Dragonflies (7)
Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans
Brown Hawker – Aeshna grandis
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Emerald Damselfly – Lestes sponsa
Small Red-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma viridulum
Southern Hawker – Aeshna cyanea

Moths (2)
Cinnabar – Tyria jacobaeae
Silver Y – Autographa gamma

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

True Bugs (2)
Cuckoo-Spit Insect – Philaenus spumarius
Chilacis typhae

Hoverflies (8)
Chrysogaster solstitialis
Episyrphus balteatus – Marmalade Hoverfly
Eristalis intricarius
Eristalis tenax
Helophilus hybridus
Helophilus pendulus
Myathropa florea
Syritta pipiens