North Cave Wetlands – 25/06/2019

A rainy afternoon, with only a brief dry spell, a gentle northerly breeze blowing. Temperature around 15 degrees C.

Due to the persistent rain, only covered the areas along Dryham Lane fronting Cell A and the south side of Carp Lake. Despite the weather managed to find a few good species to make the visit worth while. Two new moth species included Aethes beatricella Hemlock Yellow Conch and Epinotia abbreviana Brown Elm Bell along Dryham Lane. The first (NFY) Lestes sponsa Emerald Damselfly of the year was also along Dryham Lane. Other NFY species were Philaenus spumarius Common Froghopper and Hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri. It was also nice to add Sylvia borin Garden Warbler to the year-list, a family group moving through the hedge adjacent to Carp Lake.

Beetles (2)
Agapanthia villosoviridescens
Coccinella septempunctata – 7-spot Ladybird

Butterflies (1)
Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady

Dragonflies (2)
Ischnura elegans – Blue-tailed Damselfly
Lestes sponsa – Emerald Damselfly (NFY)

Moths (8)
Aethes beatricella – Hemlock Yellow Conch (NEW)
Anthophila fabriciana – Common Nettle-tap
Camptogramma bilineata – Yellow Shell
Celypha lacunana – Common Marble
Chrysoteuchia culmella – Garden Grass-veneer
Epinotia abbreviana – Brown Elm Bell (NEW)
Lathronympha strigana – Red Piercer
Nemophora degeerella – Yellow-barred Long-horn

True Bugs (1)
Philaenus spumarius – Common Froghopper (NFY)

Hoverflies (3)
Episyrphus balteatus – Marmalade Hoverfly
Scaeva pyrastri (NFY)
Syrphus ribesii

Birds (1)
Sylvia borin – Garden Warbler (NFY)