Broomfleet and Market Weighton Canal – 30/04/13

With the Yorkshire dragonfly season now officially started, following Martin’s first Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Tophill Low on the 27th, I decided that a trip to Broomfleet was in order, to try to kick-start my own recording season. I didn’t hold out much hope, as the national picture is proving it to be a slow start compared to recent years, so I wasn’t to disappointed to not find any. However there were plenty of other things to get my teeth into, and get use to the new macro lens.

As we only have a handful of reptiles in this country, it’s always nice to come across them, this time in the form of several Grass Snakes Natrix natrix warming themselves up in the morning sun, one giving really good views as seen below.

Grass Snake - Natrix natrix

Grass Snake – Natrix natrix

On the invertebrate front, several Peacocks Inachis io were observed, along with Green-veined Whites Pieris napi, these being the first of the spring emerging species I’ve seen this year. A small beetle on a rotting log attracted my attention, a bit of investigating revealed it to be a Scarce Fungus Weevil Platyrhinus resinosus, which breed in fungus on decaying wood. It appears to be a scarce beetle in East-Yorkshire with only a handful of records on the NBN Gateway at nearby sites. When disturbed they tend to fold their legs in and fall to the floor, where they then just look like a bird dropping! There were several other bee and fly species present, see the photos further down the page for a selection of some of those observed. Any suggestions or comments on these always welcome.

Peacock - Inachis io

Peacock – Inachis io

Green-veined White - Pieris napi

Green-veined White – Pieris napi

Scarce Fungus Weevil - Platyrhinus resinosus

Scarce Fungus Weevil – Platyrhinus resinosus

Bee-fly - Bombylius major

Bee-fly – Bombylius major

Hoverfly - Eristalis pertinax

Hoverfly – Eristalis pertinax

Hoverfly - Epistrophe eligans

Hoverfly – Epistrophe eligans

Hoverfly - Syrphus sp.

Hoverfly – Syrphus sp.

Alder Fly - Sialis sp.

Alder Fly – Sialis sp.

Fly sp.

Fly sp.

Mining Bee Sp.

Mining Bee Sp.

Cuckoo Bee - Nomada goodeniana

Cuckoo Bee – Nomada goodeniana