Pocklington Canal, Bielby – 18/04/2019

A sunny morning with a gentle easterly breeze blowing, temperature around 14 degrees C.

A short visit to this part of Pocklington Canal, before heading off to Allerthorpe Common in the afternoon. The target species here was 24-spot Ladybird Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata which I’ve encountered once before, managed to find several in the grasses along the southern side of the canals sidearm. Several Oulema obscura were also found, this being a new species for me. Other beetles noted included 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, Celery Leaf Beetle Phaedon tumidulus, Pea-leaf Weevil Sitona lineatus, Willow Flea Beetle Crepidodera aurata and Parethelcus pollinarius. Nice to see a few butterflies more active with Green-veined White Pieris napi, Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria all appreciating the morning sun. A Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva was my fist of the year, always nice to see the stunning females. The only other Hymenoptera recorded was Sawfly Aglaostigma fulvipes. Two new Hoverflies for the year were Helophilus pendulus and Melanostoma scalare. A couple of True Bugs were also recorded, Pied Shieldbug Tritomegas bicolor and Anthocoris nemoralis. Finally a Drinker Euthrix potatoria caterpillar and Slender Ground-hopper Tetrix subulata rounded off the finds from this trip.