North Cave Wetlands – 31/08/2018

A sunny morning visit with a light south-westerly breeze, temperatures around 20 degrees C. Six species of Dragonfly still on the wing with Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta present in good numbers. A single Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea was along the western path with a few Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis also present around the reserve. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum present, though not as numerous as some previous years. They’re also still emerging with an immature male found along Dryham Lane. Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum also still emerging with several immature individuals noted. Finally Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans completes the list.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Southern Hawker - Aeshna cyaneaSouthern Hawker – Aeshna cyanea

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

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

Five species of Butterflies recorded, Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas being new for the year. Other species included Comma Polygonia c-album, Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, Small White Pieris rapae and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria. Common Grass-veneer Agriphila tristella and Silver Y Autographa gamma were the only moths recorded.

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeasSmall Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Small White - Pieris rapaeSmall White – Pieris rapae

Beetle-wise four species of Ladybird recorded, two Adonis’ Ladybird Hippodamia variegata found along the path to Turret Hide. 22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata, 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata and Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis the others noted. Alder Leaf Beetle Agelastica alni still present along the western path from Far Lake viewpoint.

Adonis' Ladybird - Hippodamia variegataAdonis’ Ladybird – Hippodamia variegata

Harlequin Ladybird - Harmonia axyridisHarlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

7-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata

Alder Leaf Beetle - Agelastica alniAlder Leaf Beetle – Agelastica alni

Very quiet on the Hoverfly front with only three species found, Eristalis tenax, Eupeodes sp. and Syritta pipiens.

Eupeodes sp.Eupeodes sp.

Finally a Grass Snake Natrix helvetica was along the Western Path and a Stoat Mustela erminea was on the Northern Path.

Species list
Birds (3)
Curlew – Numenius arquata
Green Sandpiper – Tringa ochropus
Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis

Beetles (5)
22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Adonis’ Ladybird – Hippodamia variegata
Alder Leaf Beetle – Agelastica alni
Harlequin Ladybird – Harmonia axyridis

Butterflies (5)
Comma – Polygonia c-album
Common Blue – Polyommatus icarus
Small Copper – Lycaena phlaeas
Small White – Pieris rapae
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Dragonflies (6)
Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans
Brown Hawker – Aeshna grandis
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Migrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta
Southern Hawker – Aeshna cyanea

Bees (1)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

Moths (2)
Common Grass-veneer – Agriphila tristella
Silver Y – Autographa gamma

Hoverflies (3)
Eristalis tenax
Eupeodes
Syritta pipiens

Reptiles (1)
Grass Snake – Natrix helvetica

Mammals (1)
Stoat – Mustela erminea