North Cave Wetlands – 11/08/2019

An afternoon of intermittent sun, a moderate westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around 20 degrees C.

A cracking visit to the reserve, with several new species added to the life list (NEW), plus several firsts for the year (NFY) and personal firsts for the reserve (NFS). Best find was Curculio rubidus a weevil which appears to be scarce with only one other Yorkshire record, this was found along the Eastern Path. Another new species was True Bug Apolygus lucorum, found along the Northern Path. Several species were recorded for the first time this year, several Anthocomus rufus found along the Western and Northern Path. Cheilosia pagana and Coremacera marginata were NFY on the Flies front, with Javesella pellucida and Neophilaenus lineatus representing the True Bugs, the latter being a personal first for the reserve. On the Lepidoptera front it was nice to see Lasiommata megera Wall on the south side of Carp Lake, a butterfly which is increasingly harder to see. Several Moths were recorded for the first time on site, comprising Agriphila straminella Straw Grass-veneer, Chilo phragmitella Reed Veneer and Scopula imitaria Small Blood-vein. Finally a few Birds make it onto the day list with Tringa erythropus Spotted Redshank being a personal first for the site and the year, with Tringa glareola  Wood Sandpiper and Tringa ochropus Green Sandpiper both NFY.

Beetles (10)
Agelastica alni – Alder Leaf Beetle
Anthocomus rufus (NFY)
Cassida rubiginosa – Thistle Tortoise Beetle
Coccinella septempunctata – 7-spot Ladybird
Curculio rubidus (NEW)
Harmonia axyridis – Harlequin Ladybird
Oulema melanopus s.l. – Cereal Leaf Beetle
Propylea quattuordecimpunctata – 14-spot Ladybird
Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata – 22-spot Ladybird
Sitona lineatus – Pea-leaf Weevil

Dragonflies (6)
Aeshna grandis – Brown Hawker
Anax imperator – Emperor Dragonfly
Enallagma cyathigerum – Common Blue Damselfly
Ischnura elegans – Blue-tailed Damselfly
Sympetrum sanguineum – Ruddy Darter
Sympetrum striolatum – Common Darter

Flies (5)
Cheilosia pagana (NFY)
Coremacera marginata (NFY)
Episyrphus balteatus – Marmalade Hoverfly
Eristalis intricarius
Helophilus pendulus

Bees (1)
Bombus pascuorum – Common Carder Bee

Butterflies (8)
Lasiommata megera – Wall (NFY)
Maniola jurtina – Meadow Brown
Pieris brassicae – Large White
Pieris napi – Green-veined White
Polyommatus icarus – Common Blue
Pyronia tithonus – Gatekeeper
Vanessa atalanta – Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady

Moths (7)
Agriphila straminella – Straw Grass-veneer (NFS)
Agriphila tristella – Common Grass-veneer
Chilo phragmitella – Reed Veneer (NFS)
Eilema griseola – Dingy Footman
Lathronympha strigana – Red Piercer
Phlogophora meticulosa – Angle Shades
Scopula imitaria – Small Blood-vein (NFS)

Grasshoppers & Crickets (5)
Chorthippus albomarginatus – Lesser Marsh Grasshopper
Chorthippus brunneus – Field Grasshopper
Chorthippus parallelus – Meadow Grasshopper
Leptophyes punctatissima – Speckled Bush-cricket
Omocestus viridulus – Common Green Grasshopper

True Bugs (13)
Apolygus lucorum (NEW)
Deraeocoris ruber
Evacanthus interruptus
Heterogaster urticae – Nettle Groundbug
Heterotoma planicornis
Himacerus mirmicoides – Ant Damsel Bug
Himacerus apterus – Tree Damsel Bug
Javesella pellucida (NFY)
Kleidocerys resedae – Birch Catkin Bug
Nabis limbatus – Marsh Damselbug
Neophilaenus lineatus (NFS)
Palomena prasina – Green Shieldbug
Philaenus spumarius – Cuckoo-Spit Insect

Millipedes (1)
Ommatoiulus sabulosus – Striped Millipede

Birds (7)
Actitis hypoleucos – Common Sandpiper
Anas querquedula – Garganey
Calidris alpina – Dunlin
Numenius arquata – Curlew
Tringa erythropus – Spotted Redshank (NFS)
Tringa glareola – Wood Sandpiper (NFY)
Tringa ochropus – Green Sandpiper (NFY)