North Cave Wetlands – 03/09/13

After a morning visit to Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve I headed over to another Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve in the shape of North Cave Wetlands. It was a largely cloudy afternoon, with only brief glimpses of sun, making it a little harder to get some decent photographs. As we rapidly head for autumn, the damselfly species are eking out their last days, with Common Blue Damselflies Enallagma cyathigerum still easily found though in small numbers. A little trickier were the Emerald Damselflies Lestes sponsa found on one of the Dragonfly Ponds, in the form of two mature male. Several Migrant Hawkers Aeshna mixta seen, though despite the cloudy outlook, all were active, with several females being picked off by the males around the Lilly Pond. Two Brown Hawkers Aeshna grandis were also still hanging on along the western path, though the most abundant species present was Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum.

Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsaEmerald Damselfly – Lestes sponsa

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Several species of butterflies were on the wing as I wandered around. One thing that really struck me was how small this generation of Common Blues Polyommatus icarus are at this site, more akin in size to a ‘Brown Argus’. Other species recorded included Green-veined White Pieris napi, Large White Pieris brassicae, Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina, Peacock Inachis io, Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae, Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria and Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas. A few other species of invertebrates were also photographed as can be seen below, any comments or ID for the Weevil species, or indeed any of the other photos, are welcome.

Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticaeSmall Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae

Small Copper - Lycaena phlaeasSmall Copper – Lycaena phlaeas

Common Blue - Polyommatus icarusCommon Blue – Polyommatus icarus

Garden Spider - Araneus diadematusGarden Spider – Araneus diadematus

Weevil sp.Weevil sp. (Hadroplontus trimaculatus ?)

Sphaerophoria scriptaSphaerophoria scripta

Lucilia sp.Lucilia sp.

Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasinaGreen Shieldbug – Palomena prasina