A warm but cloudy afternoon saw me make a brief visit to this site. Due to the 100% cloud cover there were virtually no large dragonflies active, with only one Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum observed. Damselflies were present around the pond with many Emerald Damselflies Lestes sponsa paired up and ovipositing into the juncus grasses. There were a few more Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum on this occasion, with a supporting cast of Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella and Blue-tailed Damselflies Ischnura elegans.
Emerald Damselfly – Lestes sponsa
Common Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum
The cloud cover also meant that butterflies were low in numbers, though six species were observed. Small Coppers Lycaena phlaeas were found in double figures nectaring on the heather. A few Green-veined Whites Pieris napi were active, along with Meadow Browns Maniola jurtina, Ringlets Aphantopus hyperantus and a couple of Small Skippers Thymelicus sylvestris. A single Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus was trying to absorb as much heat as possible, whilst resting on Bramble, alowing close approach.
Gatekeeper – Pyronia tithonus
Small Copper – Lycaena phlaeas
Green-veined White – Pieris napi
Ringlet – Aphantopus hyperantus
Hoverflies were not as active as usual, only really encountered when they were disturbed from grasses and foliage along the western footpath. Extra interest was found observing the grasshoppers, many adults now obvious having completed their nymphal stages. Two species were identified on this occasion, Mottled Grasshopper Myrmeleotettix maculatus and Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus.
Hoverfly – Helophilus pendulus
Hoverfly – Myathropa florea
Field Grasshopper – Chorthippus brunneus
Mottled Grasshopper – Myrmeleotettix maculatus