A sunny visit with a gentle westerly breeze blowing. Temperatures peaking at around 23 degrees C.
A cracking visit to the reserve, with a return evening visit. Several new species added to the life list (NEW), plus several firsts for the year (NFY).
A couple of new species found Anthrenus fuscus and Galerucella calmariensis. Also nice to find a couple of Adalia bipunctata 2-spot Ladybird a species that is now quite scarce,
Anthrenus fuscus (NEW)
Cassida rubiginosa – Thistle Tortoise Beetle
Galerucella calmariensis (NEW)
Harmonia axyridis – Harlequin Ladybird
Propylea quattuordecimpunctata – 14-spot Ladybird
Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata – 22-spot Ladybird
Rhagonycha fulva – Common Red Soldier Beetle
Highlight was Thymelicus lineola Essex Skipper which took some finding and checking of numerous Thymelicus sylvestris Small Skipper, the individual found was near the seat over-looking the south side of Carp Lake. A return on the evening for Favonius quercus Purple Hairstreak found several on the Oaks at the far end of the new workings. As always they were high up in the canopy. Whilst walking back I noticed a couple of small butterflies flying around the Plum Trees in the hedgerow opposite the farm. They turned out to be F. quercus Purple Hairstreak, about four present around these trees making it a lot easier to get some photographs.
Aphantopus hyperantus – Ringlet
Favonius quercus – Purple Hairstreak (NFY)
Maniola jurtina – Meadow Brown
Melanargia galathea – Marbled White
Pieris brassicae – Large White
Pieris napi – Green-veined White
Pyronia tithonus – Gatekeeper
Thymelicus sylvestris – Small Skipper
Vanessa atalanta – Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady
Aeshna cyanea Southern Hawker was my first of the year, found at the start of the Butterfly Walk. Several Erythromma viridulum Small Red-eyed Damselfly were on Far Lake, where my first Calopteryx splendens Banded Demoiselle for the site put in a brief appearance. Nice to finally have seen all species that have been recorded on the reserve.
Aeshna grandis – Brown Hawker
Anax imperator – Emperor Dragonfly
Calopteryx splendens – Banded Demoiselle
Coenagrion puella – Azure Damselfly
Erythromma najas – Red-eyed Damselfly
Erythromma viridulum – Small Red-eyed Damselfly
Ischnura elegans – Blue-tailed Damselfly
Lestes sponsa – Emerald Damselfly
Orthetrum cancellatum – Black-tailed Skimmer
Sympetrum sanguineum – Ruddy Darter
Sympetrum striolatum – Common Darter
A first for VC61 was Tenthredo amoena a sawfly, confirmed and also observed by local Sawfly recorder Ian Andrews, also present was the first Crabro cribrarius Slender Bodied Digger Wasp of the year.
Crabro cribrarius – Slender Bodied Digger Wasp (NFY
Tenthredo amoena (NEW)
Chorthippus brunneus – Field Grasshopper
Leptophyes punctatissima – Speckled Bush-cricket
A nymph of Oncotylus viridiflavus was a new species for me, with Campyloneura virgula and Chilacis typhae both NFY.
Chilacis typhae (NFY)
Nabis flavomarginatus – Broad Damselbug
Palomena prasina – Green Shieldbug
Philaenus spumarius – Cuckoo-Spit Insect
Tritomegas bicolor – Pied Shieldbug
Zicrona caerulea – Blue Shieldbug
A tip-off from Ian Andrews added a new Hoverfly species to the life-list. Triglyphus primus is a small black species, the main characteristic being that it only has two abdominal sections visible, several were present on the upright Cow-parlsey on the south side of Carp Lake. Eupeodes corollae and Sphaerophoria scripta were NFY.
Chrysopilus cristatus – Black Snipefly
Chrysops relictus – Twin-lobed Deerfly
Episyrphus balteatus – Marmalade Hoverfly
Eupeodes corollae (NFY)
Leptogaster cylindrica – Striped Slender Robberfly
Sphaerophoria scripta (NFY)
Triglyphus primus (NEW)
Blastodacna hellerella – Hawthorn Cosmet
Scotopteryx chenopodiata – Shaded Broad-bar
Tyria jacobaeae – Cinnabar
Ommatoiulus sabulosus – Striped Millipede