Monthly Archives: August 2021

Ponds Visit

Been a couple of week since my last outing so it was overdue, the weather wasn’t up to scratch overcast with a glimpse of the sun on occasions, so I got the change and here I was. A Southern Hawker was over patrolling the first pond I came to, around the edges were various hoverfly species namely, Helophilus pendulus, Episyrphus balteatus, Eristalis tenax, but i also caught sight of Sphaerophoria scripta, Myathropa florea also a new one for me in the form of Platycheirus granditarsus, along with these I also came across a Conops quadrifasciatus Fly.

Moving around I picked up on a few Emerald Damselflies mainly males hanging around in the long grasses, a few craneflies were also seen mainly Tipula oleracea. Surprisingly I also found a single Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar hanging out on the ragwort, but I also found a new moth species in the form of a Blood Vein Moth.

Checking out the Blackberry bushes Common Green and Spiked Shieldbugs were located. Very few butterflies about now apart from the single Gatekeepers.

Spiked Shieldbug

Pond Visit

A quick dash to the ponds to find out what was flying resulted in me finding Large White and Meadow Brown butterflies along with a Eristalis nemorum Hoverfly and a few Helophilus pendulus Hoverflies.

The main reason for my visit was for Dragonflies, a single Blue tailed Damselfly and a few Emerald Damselflies were the first ones I came across. Brown Hawker were still about but the main one I was looking for I found on one of the smaller ponds a Southern Hawker a definite sighting this time, after I thought I’d seen one last year it was very much welcome, plus I did manage to get a few photos to boot. Other highlights were a few Common Darters alas no Ruddy Darter, no matter how much I tried to turn Common into Ruddy, and a surprise lone Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

Southern Hawker