Sunday, 19 May 2019

May visit to Maple Lodge NR

Yesterday I went to Maple Lodge NR for a very overdue visit
The weather was fairly kind for the morning but by the afternoon it was very overcast
From the Teal Hide there was a pair of Canada Geese with four goslings
From the Clubhouse Hide there were two pairs of Stock Doves

and the resident Great Spotted Woodpecker

By the Shell Hide there was a flock of recently fledged Long-tailed Tits

and a very neat looking Gadwall

I enjoy this time of year when a lot of the critters are out and about
I found two species of hoverfly
Syrphus sp

Xanthogramma pedissequum
 and lots and lots of hoverfly larvae
There were Cardinal Beetles everywhere

and this tiny Froghopper
Red and Black Froghopper
 I think the beetle below is a type of Rove Beetle
Rove beetle ?
Soldier Beetle
As to be expected at this time of year there were plenty of ladybirds
7-spot Ladybird

Harlequin Ladybird

ladybird eggs
 There were plenty of other critters out and about
Dock Bug
Hairy Shield Bug
Damselfly season is now upon us - I had my first Large Red at Cranford CP last week and my first Common Blue at Maple Lodge NR yesterday
female Common Blue
But my favourite find yesterday (thanks to Chris) was this stunning female Banded Demoiselle

There were plenty of Scorpion Flies around too including this male with his bulbous tail
and several Nettle Tap micro moths
All in all a very enjoyable if overdue visit

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