North Cave Wetlands – 04/09/2018

An overcast morning with a gentle northerly breeze, temperatures around 14 degrees C. The dull and overcast conditions meant that Dragonflies were on the scarce side. Single Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta, single Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and a few Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum the only species found.

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Butterflies didn’t fare any better with only a single Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria noted. However the moths made up for that lack of butterflies with a smart Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa found along the north path and Blood-vein Timandra comae at the south end of Carp Lake. Common Marble Celypha lacunana and Acleris laterana/comariana were also noted.

70.029 Blood-vein - Timandra comaeBlood-vein – Timandra comae

73.113 Angle Shades - Phlogophora meticulosaAngle Shades – Phlogophora meticulosa

49.066x Acleris laterana/comarianaAcleris laterana/comariana

49.166 Common Marble - Celypha lacunanaCommon Marble – Celypha lacunana

Adult Shieldbugs are now starting to make an appearance with Spiked Shieldbug Picromerus bidens and Woundwort Shieldbug Eysarcoris venustissimus present along the car park verge. Other bugs included Cuckoo-Spit Insect Philaenus spumarius and Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus.

Spiked Shieldbug - Picromerus bidensSpiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens

Woundwort Shieldbug - Eysarcoris venustissimusWoundwort Shieldbug – Eysarcoris venustissimus

A few more “hovers” on this visit compared to recent visits with Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, Eristalis tenax, Eupeodes corollae, Eupeodes latifasciatus, Eupeodes luniger and a Platycheirus sp. Other Diptera included a pair of Coremacera marginata, plus Cranefly Ptychoptera contaminata.

Eupeodes latifasciatusEupeodes latifasciatus

Eupeodes lunigerEupeodes luniger

Eupeodes corollaeEupeodes corollae

Eristalis tenaxEristalis tenax

Melanostoma scalarePlatycheirus sp.

Coremacera marginataCoremacera marginata

Ptychoptera contaminataPtychoptera contaminata

Finally good numbers of 22-spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata were along the Northern Path, with a few 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata for company. Alder Leaf Beetle Agelastica alni were still present in the Far Lake viewpoint. A single Lesser Marsh Grasshopper Chorthippus albomarginatus was along the path to Turret Hide.

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

Alder Leaf Beetle - Agelastica alniAlder Leaf Beetle – Agelastica alni

Lesser marsh Grasshopper - Chorthippus albomarginatusLesser marsh Grasshopper – Chorthippus albomarginatus

Finally a few birds get a look-in. A few waders were making the most of the reduce water levels on Island Lake, Greenshank Tringa nebularia being the highlight with Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius, Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula and Snipe Gallinago gallinago also present.

Greenshank - Tringa nebulariaGreenshank – Tringa nebularia

Snipe - Gallinago gallinagoSnipe – Gallinago gallinago

Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticulaRinged Plover – Charadrius hiaticula

Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubiusLittle Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius

Mute Swan - Cygnus olorMute Swan – Cygnus olor

Birds (7)
Greenshank – Tringa nebularia
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Ringed Plover – Charadrius hiaticula
Snipe – Gallinago gallinago
Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus

Beetles (3)
22-spot Ladybird – Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata
7-spot Ladybird – Coccinella septempunctata
Alder Leaf Beetle – Agelastica alni

Butterflies (1)
Speckled Wood – Pararge aegeria

Dragonflies (3)
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Darter – Sympetrum striolatum
Migrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Moths (4)
Angle Shades – Phlogophora meticulosa
Blood-vein – Timandra comae
Common Marble – Celypha lacunana
Acleris laterana/comariana

Grasshoppers (1)
Lesser Marsh Grasshopper – Chorthippus albomarginatus

True Bugs (4)
Cuckoo-Spit Insect – Philaenus spumarius
Field Damsel Bug – Nabis ferus
Spiked Shieldbug – Picromerus bidens
Woundwort Shieldbug – Eysarcoris venustissimus

Hoverflies (6)
Marmalade Hoverfly – Episyrphus balteatus
Eristalis tenax
Eupeodes corollae
Eupeodes latifasciatus
Eupeodes luniger
Platycheirus sp.

Flies (1)
Coremacera marginata

Craneflies (1)
Ptychoptera contaminata