North Cave Wetlands – 09/06/2019

A sunny start to the morning before clouding over, a gentle south-westerly wind blowing. Temperature peaking at 17 degrees C.

A few new species found on this visit, the highlight being Oxybelus uniglumis Common Spiny Digger Wasp found in the north-west corner. True Bugs Cixius nervosus found near the Maize Field and Oncopsis alni found on Alder along the western path were the other two new species. Lots of species were new for the year (NFY), see list below, with Urophora stylata the first time I’ve recorded this species on the reserve.

Beetles (15)
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
Agelastica alni – Alder Leaf Beetle
Altica sp.
Cantharis cryptica (NFY)
Cantharis livida
Cantharis nigra (NFY)
Cassida rubiginosa – Thistle Tortoise Beetle (NFY)
Coccinella septempunctata – 7-spot Ladybird
Harmonia axyridis – Harlequin Ladybird
Malachius bipustulatus – Malachite Beetle
Nedyus quadrimaculatus – Small Nettle Weevil (NFY)
Oedemera lurida
Phyllobius pomaceus – Green Nettle Weevil
Phyllobius roboretanus – Small Green Nettle Weevil
Propylea quattuordecimpunctata – 14-spot Ladybird

Butterflies (8)
Anthocharis cardamines – Orange-tip
Gonepteryx rhamni – Brimstone
Ochlodes sylvanus – Large Skipper
Pararge aegeria – Speckled Wood
Pieris rapae – Small White (NFY)
Polyommatus icarus – Common Blue
Vanessa atalanta – Red Admiral (NFY)
Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady (NFY)

Moths (4)
Celypha lacunana – Common Marble
Nemophora degeerella – Yellow-barred Long-horn (NFY)
Pammene aurana – Orange-spot Piercer (NFY)
Xanthorhoe montanata – Silver-ground Carpet (NFY)

Dragonflies (6)
Brachytron pratense – Hairy Dragonfly
Coenagrion puella – Azure Damselfly
Enallagma cyathigerum – Common Blue Damselfly
Ischnura elegans – Blue-tailed Damselfly
Libellula depressa – Broad-bodied Chaser
Libellula quadrimaculata – Four-spotted Chaser

Bees and Wasps (8)
Ancistrocerus sp. (NFY)
Andrena subopaca – Impunctate Mini-miner (NFY)
Bombus hypnorum – Tree Bumblebee
Bombus lapidarius – Large Red-tailed Bumblebee
Bombus pascuorum – Common Carder Bee
Bombus terrestris – Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Eriocampa ovata (NFY)
Oxybelus uniglumis – Common Spiny Digger Wasp (NEW)

Grasshopper and Crickets (3)
Chorthippus albomarginatus – Lesser Marsh Grasshopper (NFY)
Chorthippus brunneus – Field Grasshopper (NFY)
Leptophyes punctatissima – Speckled Bush-cricket

True Bugs (9)
Capsus ater (NFY)
Cercopis vulnerata
Cixius nervosus (NEW)
Elasmostethus interstinctus – Birch Shieldbug
Kleidocerys resedae – Birch Catkin Bug
Leptopterna dolabrata – Meadow Plant Bug
Oncopsis alni (NEW)
Tingis ampliata – Creeping Thistle Lacebug
Zicrona caerulea – Blue Shieldbug (NFY)

Hoverflies (7)
Episyrphus balteatus – Marmalade Hoverfly
Eristalis intricarius
Eristalis pertinax
Helophilus pendulus (NFY)
Tropidia scita
Volucella bombylans
Volucella pellucens (NFY)

Other Flies (5)
Chloromyia formosa – Broad Centurion
Nephrotoma flavescens – Tiger Cranefly
Stratiomys singularior – Flecked General (NFY)
Thereva nobilitata – Common Stiletto (NFY)
Urophora stylata (NFS)


NEW – First time ever recorded
NFS – First time recorded on site
NFY – First site record for the year