North Cave Wetlands – 01/09/2019

A mainly sunny morning with intermittent cloud, a moderate westerly breeze blowing. Temperature around 17 degrees C.

A good mornings visit to the reserve with several new species discovered (NEW), personal firsts for the site (NFS) and first records of the year (NFY).

Beetles (10)

Cryptocephalus pusillus was a new species for me, found along the eastern path. Checked out the Oaks near the farm and added Curculio glandium Acorn Weevil to my reserve list. Pyrrhalta viburni Viburnum Leaf Beetle was the first of the year, found at the same spot as the first species. A pale form of Harmonia axyridis Harlequin Ladybird was found at the entrance gate.

Agelastica alni – Alder Leaf Beetle
Anthocomus rufus
Coccinella septempunctata – 7-spot Ladybird
Cryptocephalus pusillus (NEW)
Curculio glandium – Acorn Weevil (NFS)
Harmonia axyridis – Harlequin Ladybird
Propylea quattuordecimpunctata – 14-spot Ladybird
Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata – 22-spot Ladybird
Pyrrhalta viburni – Viburnum Leaf Beetle (NFY)
Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata – 16-spot Ladybird

Butterflies (9) and Moths (1)

Aglais urticae – Small Tortoiseshell
Maniola jurtina – Meadow Brown
Pararge aegeria – Speckled Wood
Pieris brassicae – Large White
Pieris napi – Green-veined White
Polygonia c-album – Comma
Polyommatus icarus – Common Blue
Vanessa atalanta – Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady

Anthophila fabriciana – Common Nettle-tap

Dragonflies (7)

A good ‘Hawker’ day with a female Aeshna juncea Common Hawker posing well along the Northern Path, with a male Aeshna grandis Brown Hawker also dropping in a few inches away for its photo opportunity. A nice male Aeshna cyanea Southern Hawker was also along Black Dyke, with plenty of Aeshna mixta Migrant Hawker active around the reserve.

Aeshna cyanea – Southern Hawker
Aeshna grandis – Brown Hawker
Aeshna juncea – Common Hawker
Aeshna mixta – Migrant Hawker
Enallagma cyathigerum – Common Blue Damselfly
Sympetrum sanguineum – Ruddy Darter
Sympetrum striolatum – Common Darter

True Bugs (12)

Picked up a couple of new bugs, both awaiting confirmation, Euscelis cf. incisus and Lygus cf. pratensis. Nabis rugosus Common Damselbug was my first record of the species on site.

Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale – Hawthorn Shieldbug
Apolygus lucorum
Corizus hyoscyami
Euscelis cf. incisus (NEW)
Heterogaster urticae – Nettle Groundbug
Kleidocerys resedae – Birch Catkin Bug
Lygus cf. pratensis (NEW)
Nabis limbatus – Marsh Damselbug
Nabis rugosus – Common Damselbug (NFS)
Palomena prasina – Green Shieldbug
Philaenus spumarius – Cuckoo-Spit Insect
Phytocoris varipes

Flies (7)

Dilophus febrilis Fever Fly was a new species, whilst Sepedon sphegea was the first of the year for me, but didn’t sit still long enough for a photo.

Cheilosia pagana
Coremacera marginata
Dilophus febrilis – Fever Fly (NEW)
Melanostoma mellinum
Sepedon sphegea (NFY)
Syritta pipiens
Triglyphus primus

Grasshoppers (2)

Chorthippus brunneus – Field Grasshopper
Chorthippus parallelus – Meadow Grasshopper

Birds (5)

Both Anas querquedula Garganey were still present on Island Lake and showing well, with four Tringa ochropus Green Sandpiper, three Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper, Vanellus vanellus Lapwing and Gallinago gallinago Snipe for company.

Actitis hypoleucos – Common Sandpiper
Anas querquedula – Garganey
Gallinago gallinago – Snipe
Tringa ochropus – Green Sandpiper
Vanellus vanellus – Lapwing