Broomfleet Washlands – 21/04/2019

A sunny afternoon with a light gentle easterly breeze, temperature 21 degrees C.

A visit to try for the first Damselflies of the year, after several Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula had been recorded at other locations in Yorkshire. Didn’t connect with any ‘Large Reds’, but did find two Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum. These were one day earlier than their previous best of 22nd April 2011. This species usually emerges here within the same week as the first ‘Large Reds’, so this wasn’t a surprise. Several butterflies were on the wing; Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni, Green-veined White Pieris napi, Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus, Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines, Peacock Aglais io and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria. Found a new True Bug in the shape of Stenodema laevigata, a nice addition to the list. A few bees were noted; Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris, Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius and Nomada flava agg. Finally one or two Bee Fly Bombylius major were active and a Pea-leaf Weevil Sitona lineatus was also noted.