North Cave Wetlands – 03/10/2019

A late morning to early afternoon visit with light cloud and a light southerly breeze. Temperature around 11 degrees C.

A couple of new species found today (NEW), Beetle Paradromius linearis and True Bug Stenocranus minutus. A few firsts for the year (NFY) included Apion frumentarium, Cyphon laevipennis, Vespula vulgaris Common Wasp and Botaurus stellaris Bittern. The latter was a reserve tick and firstly showed in the north-west reedbed on Main Lake. If briefly showed well in the open away from the reeds, before heading across the lake to the south-east reedbed. Other highlights included a Vespa crabro Hornet which allowed me to take several photos, never found on settled long enough before to photograph. A true sight and sound of the Autumn involved three skeins of Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose heading south during the morning.

Beetles (7)
Agelastica alni – Alder Leaf Beetle
Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata – Water Ladybird
Apion frumentarium (NFY)
Coccinella septempunctata – 7-spot Ladybird
Cyphon laevipennis (NFY)
Paradromius linearis (NEW)
Sphaeroderma testaceum

Dragonflies (2)
Aeshna mixta – Migrant Hawker
Sympetrum striolatum – Common Darter

Earwigs (1)
Forficula auricularia – Common Earwig

Wasps (3)
Stenichneumon culpator
Vespa crabro – Hornet
Vespula vulgaris – Common Wasp (NFY)

Moths (1)
Anthophila fabriciana – Common Nettle-tap

True Bugs (11)
Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale – Hawthorn Shieldbug
Dolycoris baccarum – Sloe Shieldbug
Eupteryx aurata
Himacerus mirmicoides – Ant Damsel Bug
Kleidocerys resedae – Birch Catkin Bug
Liocoris tripustulatus
Notostira elongata
Palomena prasina – Green Shieldbug
Philaenus spumarius – Cuckoo-Spit Insect
Ribautiana tenerrima
Stenocranus minutus (NEW)

Flies (2)
Coremacera marginata
Eristalis tenax

Birds (8)
Anser brachyrhynchus – Pink-footed Goose
Botaurus stellaris – Bittern (NFY)
Cettia cetti – Cetti’s Warbler
Dendrocopos major – Great Spotted Woodpecker
Gallinago gallinago – Snipe
Numenius arquata – Curlew
Picus viridis – Green Woodpecker
Tringa ochropus – Green Sandpiper