Thursday, 21 July 2011

Floral Bouquet

Yesterday was overcast, so there weren't as many butterflies on the wing, but we did spot a Common Blue, some Meadow Browns and a couple of Gatekeepers. Luckily, a botanist was on hand to identify some tricky plants. Some of those identified included: Haresfoot Clover, Hairy Tare, Yellow-wort, Common Centaury, Tall Melilot, Restharrow, Black Medick, Hop Clover, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Kidney Vetch, Broom, Common Fleabane, Canadian Fleabane, Red Bartsia, English Stonecrop, Wild Carrot, Upright Hedge Parsley, Eyebright, rosebay Willowherb, Mugwort, Common Toadflax, Common Mallow, Goatsbeard, Bladder Campion, Yellow Loosestrife, Foxglove, Common Knapweed, Wild Teasel, & Tansy.

Although no longer in flower the site also has: Bee Orchids (some years 100+), Common Spotted Orchids, Pyramidal Orchids, Hogweed, and I'm sure that a really thorough search would unearth manh more species.

Male Common Blue

Lacewing [above]

Cinnabar Caterpillar [below]

Soldier Beetles


English Stonecrop

Tall Melilot

Common Fleabane

Canadian Fleabane


Rosebay Willowherb

Red Bartisa [above]

Brian's Snail

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