Broomfleet Washlands & Market Weighton Canal – 07/05/2014

Headed over to Broomfleet Washlands with Martin Hodges in the hope of finding some Hairy Dragonflies Brachytron pratense on the wing. The conditions were not good, with a brisk westerly blowing, making it feel chilly in unsheltered locations. Despite looking, no “Hairies” were found, though a search in the reeds around the fishing pegs revealed five exuvia (larval skin casts) of this species, confirming it has at least emerged. Five species of damselfly have also now emerged with Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula all present in varying numbers. The overcast conditions and wind meant that other insect activity was a little subdued, with only two species of butterflies observed, Green-veined White Pieris napi and Speckeld Wood Pararge aegeria. Of interest was a small cluster of around 20 Woundwort Sheildbugs Eysarcoris venustissimus, a group of five can be found on one of the photos below.

Hairy Dragonfly - Brachytron pratense (exuvia)Hairy Dragonfly – Brachytron pratense (exuvia)

Hairy Dragonfly - Brachytron pratense (exuvia)Hairy Dragonfly – Brachytron pratense (exuvia)

Variable Damselfly - Coenagrion pulchellumMale Variable Damselfly – Coenagrion pulchellum

Variable Damselfly - Coenagrion pulchellumFemale Variable Damselfly – Coenagrion pulchellum

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ischnura elegansBlue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphulaLarge Red Damselfly – Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puellaAzure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella

Woundwort Shieldbug - Eysarcoris venustissimusWoundwort Shieldbug – Eysarcoris venustissimus

Soldier Beetle - Cantharis nigricansSoldier Beetle – Cantharis nigricans

Hoverfly - Eristalis pertinaxHoverfly – Eristalis pertinax