North Cave Wetlands – 12/07/12

Thursday morning dawned with that rare commodity, Sun. A late shift offered me the opportunity to pop down to this local site to see what I could find. Unfortunately the cloud cover increased a bit, with just brief spells of sun. There were however several species to get after.

On the dragonfly front there were several Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, resting on the path along the side of the cereal strip. A few Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata were active over the dragonfly pools along the northern edge of the reserve. Due to cloud cover there was little activity over the water on the Lilly Pond, though a teneral Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum was disturbed around the edge of the pond. There were good numbers of Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, but only a single Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans.

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Black-tailed Skimmer - Orthetrum cancellatum

Black-tailed Skimmer – Orthetrum cancellatum

In the short space of time I had before having to head off to work, the best of the rest included a few Meadow Browns Maniola jurtina and Ringlets Aphantopus hyperantus. Hoverfly wise there were several Eristalis tenax, along with a single Eristalis intricarius. Other invertibrates photographed included a White-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lucorum, and a Scorpion Fly, difficult to pin down to species, this being the first one I’ve managed to get a sharp photograph of, despite many attempts.

Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtina

Meadow Brown – Maniola jurtina

Hoverfly - Eristalis intricarius

Eristalis intricarius

Hoverfly - Eristalis tenax

Hoverfly – Eristalis tenax

White-tailed Bumblebee - Bombus lucorum

White-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lucorum

Scorpion Fly sp.

Scorpion Fly