June at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire kicked off with this Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria – the second site record in 13 years and only the 17th trapped overall. Other highlights in the boxes included the first Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria, Shears Hada nana and a Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda of the season, while the recent unusual run of Least Black Arches Nola confusalis continued with another attracted to light.
Plenty of micro-moths on the wing – with the 8th and 9th records of Cochylimorpha straminea, while Glyphipterix simpliciella continued to be abundant. When the sun shone, plenty of Lepidoptera could be found on the wing, including six species of butterfly.
The prolonged cloudy periods, coupled with a cooling wind from the north did little to help the Odonata numbers. Several Red-eyed Damselflies Erythromma najas were eventually found, while Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum and Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella numbers continue to appear low for early June. The Yorkshire BDS website holds all the latest news.
Early June predictably can be a bit quiet for birding at Tophill. However, an Osprey Pandion haliaetus flew south early evening on Saturday – possibly the same bird that was present for much of the second half of May or perhaps a new one. Other than that, Doug Fairweather photographed this Aythya hybrid on Saturday – one of the birds from the winter period still in the area? As ever, check out the official Tophill Low NR blog for all the latest news.
Doug’s new camera has also been tested out on Coccinellidae – pictured Adalia decempunctata f. decempustulatus 10-spot Ladybird, Calvia quatuordecimguttata Cream Spot Ladybird and Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata 22-spot Ladybird.
The most impressive beetle on site is perhaps Agapanthia villosoviridescens Golden Bloomed Grey Longhorn – this the first of the summer while a second was found soon after.
Bank Holiday weekend in late May saw a new Hoverfly added to the site list. Epistrophe eligans the new addition, though getting a usable photo is proving difficult, but Leucozona lucorum proved to be species which posed for the camera.
Botany is something I try to show an interest in, but annually struggle to focus on. However, this Common Twayblade Listera ovata was picked out before the grasses surrounding them cause them to be completely concealed from view.