Odonata numbers at last

Common Blue Damselfly  Enallagma cyathigerum Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

The bright Bank Holiday weekend sunshine was a welcome addition to proceedings and allowed for decent numbers of Odonata to be recorded at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire. The highlight was the first Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas somewhat belatedly recorded this season!!! Other good counts involved 12 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata on Saturday and 689 Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella (pictured below) on Monday, though Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum (pictured above) remain scarce. 

Azure Damselfly  Coenagrion puella Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

Troilus luridus Bronze Shieldbug Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

Doug Fairweather found and photographed this Troilus luridus Bronze Shieldbug on Saturday – the first adult discovered on site despite a small number of instars recorded over the last decade.

The Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii remained until Saturday, while the same or another tundrae Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula was present. The gales on Friday yielded nothing more than a single Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea which remained on D res for less than 3 minutes early afternoon, while there was disappointment when news of an adult male Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca at the south end of the site filtered through too late, as the bird had already moved off.

Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella  Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

The sunshine prompted numerous Glyphipterix simpliciella Cocksfoot Moth onto the wing with several hundred noted by the end of the weekend. Trapping continues to trickle along – this one of the small number of Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata likely to be attracted to the lights this summer.

Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire May 2013

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