A lunch hour visit to Area 2 today, wasn’t as good as expected especially with the sun shining. The only Damselfly seen was a male Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens. Butterflies were represented by 2, Speckled Wood Parargre aegeriaand a tatty looking Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus. However of interest, was a Red-and-black Froghopper A truly unmistakable species, and one of our largest homopterans. The nymphs are rarely seen, as they feed on underground roots.
During my lunch hour spent in Area 1 several of the day flying moth Common Heath Ematurga atomaria were on the wing. Later in the day in the Areaa10 car park field the Straw Dot Rivula sericealis moth was seen.
In Area 10 Mayfly Ephemera danica were on the wing. Dancing around the Emm, by the sailing club.
A lunch hour visit to Area 10 today, proved very fruitful. Around the corner of the car park field by the bridge and the area around the bridge by the sailing club were 5 different species of Damselfly.. Seen were , male and female Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagama cyathigerum,Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas and a Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhasoma nymphula.Several nymphs of the Dark Bush Cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera were sitting on Nettles and Cuckoo Spit Philaenus spumarius was on the stems of Common Sorrel .Many people are familiar with the frothy mass, commonly known as "cuckoo spit", which is seen on plants in spring and early summer.
The froth is created to help protect the developing nymphs of froghoppers. The nymphs drink more plant sap than they need for growth and health. The undigested excess is then blown out of the back end, producing the froth. The froth hides them from predators and keeps them moist.
In an early morning stroll around Area 10 this morning, I visited the Nettle patch near the bridge over the Emm into Lavells Lake. Seen were the Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroia serraticornis and the Scorpion Fly Pyrochroia serraticornis also seen was a 10 spot Ladybird Adalia decempunctata. Meanwhile in Area 5 the day flying moth Pyrausta purpuralis was in my garden feeding on the Wallflowers.
Sitting at my garden table today and a Rosemary Beetle Chrysotina americana walked across my paper .These attractive leaf beetles are an invasive species from Europe that first appeared in the UK in 1994.Since their introduction, they've been spreading steadily throughout the southern counties of England.The adult beetles are around 1cm long with metallic green and purple stripes down their wing cases.
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta of the year was seen in my Area 5 garden this morning.
In Area 5 the hoverfly
Helophilus pendulus aws on the Marsh Marigold.
In a wander around Area 8 (Old Forest Road) after work were 2 more new butterflies for the year
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria and Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus. This brings the species seen list to 7.
In Area 10 in the afternoon sun resting on the fence by the bridge over the Emm was the first
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula of the year.This distinctive red and black damselfly is often the first to be seen in spring
Butterflies on the wing included Large White Pieris brassicae , Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines , Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni and the first Comma Polygonia c-album of the year.
In Area 5 this afternoon several
7-spot ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata were seen on the riverside vegetation
Not a lot of new Butterflies seen in Area 5 recently . Todays were a male Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines a Peacock Aglais io and Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae butterfly was out and about.
In a slightly surreal moment this morning a Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus ran up the road in front of my Area 5 house at 05:40.
Walking back fom the FOTEB AGM at 21:30 with the Bat Detector a solitary Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus was heard by Dragonfly Bridge.
A walk around Area 5 with the grand kids at dusk with the Bat Detector only produced one brief appearance by a Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus over Ripplestream Bridge. No suprise really as a warm day quickly turned into a chilly night
In Area 4 there is a Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis who definetly seems to have some Meerkat genes.
At 22:30 on my way home a Fox Vulpes vulpes was seen crossing the Emm Brook in Area4 over Meadow Road bridge.
Earlier in the day on the landfill in Area 10 this magnificent male Roe Deer Capreolus capreoluswas feeding on the vegetation.