North Cave Wetlands – 21/09/2019

A sunny morning to early afternoon visit with a gentle south-easterly breeze. Temperature around 20 degrees C.

A few new species (NEW) with Ichneumon cf. suspiciosus found near the Dragonfly Ponds, which will most likely be unattributable to full species level, with around 50 similar look-a-like species. Fly-wise a Opomyza sp. was a new genus recorded. A Lygephila pastinum Blackneck moth caterpillar was a site first for me, found in the long grasses around the seat at the south side of Carp Lake. A few first for the year (NFY) included True Bugs Errastunus ocellaris, Notostira elongata, Scolopostethus thomsoni and Grass Fly Thaumatomyia cf. notata, the latter species not reliably identifiable from a similar species via a photo record.

Beetles (8)

Agelastica alni – Alder Leaf Beetle
Anthonomus rubi – Strawberry-blossom Weevil
Bruchus rufimanus – Bean Seed Beetle
Coccinella septempunctata – 7-spot Ladybird
Cryptocephalus pusillus
Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata – 22-spot Ladybird
Sitona lineatus – Pea-leaf Weevil
Sphaeroderma testaceum

Butterflies & Moths (7)

Aglais io – Peacock
Pararge aegeria – Speckled Wood
Pieris napi – Green-veined White
Polyommatus icarus – Common Blue
Anthophila fabriciana – Common Nettle-tap
Lygephila pastinum – Blackneck (NFS)
Orgyia antiqua – Vapourer

Dragonflies (3)

Aeshna mixta – Migrant Hawker
Enallagma cyathigerum – Common Blue Damselfly
Sympetrum striolatum – Common Darter

Grasshoppers & Crickets (2)

Leptophyes punctatissima – Speckled Bush-cricket
Tetrix subulata – Slender Ground-hopper

True Bugs (8)

Errastunus ocellaris (NFY)
Himacerus mirmicoides – Ant Damsel Bug
Kleidocerys resedae – Birch Catkin Bug
Liocoris tripustulatus
Notostira elongata (NFY)
Palomena prasina – Green Shieldbug
Philaenus spumarius – Cuckoo-Spit Insect
Scolopostethus thomsoni (NFY)

Flies (3)
Eristalis tenax
Opomyza sp. (NEW)
Thaumatomyia cf. notata (NFY)

Spiders (1)
Araneus quadratus

Bees & Wasps (2)
Bombus pascuorum – Common Carder Bee
Ichneumon cf. suspiciosus (NEW)