North Cliffe Wood – 31/07/13

A quick visit to this location revealed that the water level in the heathland pool has diminished quite drastically over the last month, here’s hoping that it doesn’t dry out totally!
Several Emeralds Damselflies Lestes sponsa were present, though Azures Damselflies Coenagrion puella were hard to find, along with Common Blue Damselflies Enallagma cyathigerum, where only a single female was found away from the pond. The first Common Hawker Aeshna juncea of the year was patrolling the woodland edge, the only ‘hawker’ seen on this visit. Several Common Darters Sympetrum striolatum were found around the site, though three female Black Darters Sympetrum danae bodes well for the site, as last year only males were observed.

Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puellaAzure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella

Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsaEmerald Damselfly – Lestes sponsa

Black Darter - Sympetrum danaeBlack Darter – Sympetrum danae

A nice fresh Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae posed nicely on the ‘bracken’, surely one of our most attractive species along with the Peacock Inachis io. Gatekeepers Pyronia tithonus are now very noticeable, though the Meadow Browns Maniola jurtina and Ringlets Aphantopus hyperantus are starting to look a little worn and ragged. In addition there were several Large Whites Pieris brassicae and Green-veined Whites Pieris napi on the wing. Of interest was the lack of Speckled Woods Pyronia tithonus, a species that is usually conspicuous throughout the season due to it being multiple brooded, with broods overlapping, though clearly between broods on this occasion.

Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticaeSmall Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae

Peacock - Inachis ioPeacock – Inachis io

Ringlet - Aphantopus hyperantusRinglet – Aphantopus hyperantus

Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtinaMeadow Brown – Maniola jurtina

Gatekeeper - Pyronia tithonusGatekeeper – Pyronia tithonus

Large White - Pieris brassicaeLarge White – Pieris brassicae

Below are a few other invertebrates that caught my attention as I wandered around.

Strangalia maculataStrangalia maculata

Soldier Beetle - Rhagonycha fulvaSoldier Beetle – Rhagonycha fulva

Mottled Grasshopper - Myrmeleotettix maculatusMottled Grasshopper – Myrmeleotettix maculatus

Common Wasp - Vespula vulgarisCommon Wasp – Vespula vulgaris