Plain, common, expected – April predictably surprises

Peacock Aglais io Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2017

Warm temperatures during the latter part of the opening week of April encouraged a minimum of eight species of butterfly onto the wing at Tophill Low NR in East Yorkshire, including Peacock Aglais io and Comma Polygonia c-album, with the first Orange Tip Anthocharis cardaminesnoted from the 8th.

Comma Polygonia c-album Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2017

Scarce Fungus Weevil Platyrhinus resinosus Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2017

Scarce Fungus Weevil Platyrhinus resinosus are sporadically recorded on site, but have become annual in recent years, so one on April 8th was not entirely unexpected – but seeing a day total of four, including these three together on single a Cramp Ball Daldinia concentrica was something of surprise – April 8th accounted for a good year of records for this species.

Scarce Fungus Weevil Platyrhinus resinosus on Daldinia concentrica Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2017

Gymnocheta viridis Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire April 2017

The metallic green tachinid Gymnocheta viridis is often encountered on sunny days in the spring, while the mild temperatures of March and early April predictably encouraged Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula to take to the wing, with the first…

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