Insects & Spiders
Despite the overcast start to the day. another couple of hours spent in Area 5 of the Emm behind Morrisons today produced, a first for me a Woundwort Shieldbug Eysarcoris ventustissmus, the Limond Cranefly Epiphraqma ocellare, a Common striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum and a Pill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare . In my neighbours garden was a Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus.
A couple of hours spent in Area 5 of the Emm behind Morrisons this morning produced, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella and Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula , the Scorpion Fly Panorpa communis, Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridolis and 14-spot LadybirdPropylea quattuordecim punctata. A first for the list today, with a Bramble Sawfly Arge cyanocrocea
Seen today on the way to work, dancing in the sunshine were several male Nemophora degeerellaThe male of this species of longhorn moth has exceptionally long antennae.
Extra butterflies seen today in Areas 4 & 5 to the rear of Morrisons were Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria , Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae and Holly Blue.Celastrina argiolus. In Area 5 more Comon Blue Damselfly Enallagana cyathigerumand an Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella were seen.
It was no suprise that the warm weather attracted lepidoptera out on the wing. in Areas 4,5 & 8. Butterflies seen were Orange tip Anthocharis cardamines,Brimstone Gonepteryx rhanni,Peacock Inachis io and Large WhitePieris brassicae. Day flying moths included Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae, Clouded Border Lomaspilis margineta and Nettle Tap Anthoplia fabriciana. In Area 8 a May fly Ephemera dancia and Comon Blue Damselfly Enallagana cyathigerum were seen. Its that time of the year and the Shield Bug Coreus marinatun becomes very visible on riverside Docks. A bit of a bug hunt in the riverside vegetation revealed the ,
Red-and-black Froghopper Cercopis vulnnerztaa Spotted Cranefly Nephrotma addendiculata, 7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella 7 punctata and the Beetles Red-and-black Froghopper Malachius bipustulatusNettle Weevil Phylloobius pomaceus
a green beetle.
Attracted to the streetlights in Area 5 tonight was a May bug Melolontha melolontha.
The first Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens`, was seen in Area 10 Dinton Pastures this morning.
In Area 8 this morning was an Oak Apple Gall . The Oak Apple Gall is caused by a tiny gall wasp, Biorhiza pallida . It can be found between May and June on oak twigs where the female has laid her eggs in the leaf bud. Inside the gall there are a number of chambers, each housing a larva which eats its way out. Adults emerge in June and July.
In Area 5 the micro moth Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis , was seen on the flowers of Forget me not.
The first Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens`, was seen in Area 10 Dinton Pastures this morning
A Wood Mouse was seen today in Area 5 and a Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat was seen at 21: 00 in Arthur Road.
On the way back to the car , following watching Nightjars in Area 5, ,a Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat was seen flying up the forest rides.
At approx 20:00 between Ripplestream bridge and Dragonfly brridge in Area 5, to the rear of Morrisons and accompanied by my granddaughter Holly ,a Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat was seen and heard using a bat detector.