Invertebrates

The fen supports a great diversity of insect and invertebrate life, thanks to the wide range of habitats. Of particular importance is the presence of water, both in the streams and in the open areas of zone 3. There are a few old records of species seen, but most remain unrecorded.

We offer a particularly good habitat for dragonflies and damselflies. Many are breeding well, and there are abundant dragonfly and damselfly nymphs in the water. A number of butterflies have been recorded as well. Tim Walker ran his mercury vapour trap in June 2018.

The following species have been seen in 2018.

Damselflies

Common Blue Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly
Banded Demoiselle

Dragonflies

Broad Bodied Chaser
Golden Ringed Dragonfly
Southern Hawker
Black Tailed Skimmer
Common Darter

Butterflies

Comma
Holly Blue
Orange tip
Peacock
Red admiral
Small tortoiseshell

Beetles

Alder beetle
Stag Beetle
Cockchafer Beetle

Moths (thanks to Tim Walker)

Diamond-back Moth
Aleimma loeflingiana
Pammene aurita
Ephestia unicolorella
Eudonia lacustrata
Crambus perlella
Eyed Hawkmoth
Elephant Hawkmoth
Single-dotted Wave
Scarlet Tiger
Clouded Border
Willow Beauty
Snout
Round-winged Muslin
Marsh Oblique-barred
Smoky Wainscot
Small Square-spot
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Buff Footman
Ingrailed Clay
Small Magpie
Treble Lines
Heart and Dart
Straw Dot
Archips podana






Invertebrates- other - some old records
Clubiona phragmites(spider)
Eristalis pertinax(hoverfly)
Gammarus pulex(freshwater shrimp) - above centre
Large-red-tailed bumblebee
Lucanus cervus(Gtr Stag beetle) - above left
Pardosa proxima(spider)
Pinopsidasp
Southern damselfly - above right (unconfirmed)
White-tailed bumblebee