An unsettled week and I had nabbed the best day for a trip to Frampton with wifey so we were showered several times with the final one being a 15 minute downpour made even more unpleasant as we were walking the Epperstone by-pass at the time.
This is an apple according to Dave and when he tells me a little more following desktop research, I will pass it on.
Insects were in short supply though we managed a Speckled Wood and a Small White and this, which I think is Mesembrina meridiana. It is certainly a good match but it is risky to be positive about the id of flies from a photo.
Greater Burnet-saxifragePimpinella major, is a plant I see only occasionally in Rushcliffe and then there is often just one or two plants. Today though, they were present in road verges all over the two monads that we looked at. Some were in flower but the fruits seem quite distinctive and should be useful when the leaves have been lost.
I find it very hard to name many shrubs when all I see are leaves (I should be swotting up) but recognising pear rust is a useful way of realising this is a PearPyrus communis.
The rust is caused by the fungus Gymnosporangium sabinae which also depends on Juniper for completion of its life-cycle.
A Grey Wagtail brightened up our first enforced shower break.
Berberis x stenophylla was in a hedge along the road to Woodborough and probably jumped ship from the nurseries nearby.
Lydia found a caterpillar in Cotgrave Forest and, obviously, brought it home for me and it turned out to be the first time I’ve seen the larva of Pine Hawk-moth. I put it in the bucket where our Privet Hawk-moth (Beetlejuice) went to pupate a few weeks ago and within five minutes it had hidden itself away while it gets changed.
On Friday there was a Humming-bird Hawk-moth briefly at my Buddleja.
I’m sorry if you have been enjoying my wanderings and missed them recently. I will try to catch up because although I’ve been out with Dave several times recently I haven’t found time for blogging.
We had an enjoyable day out just beyond Rushcliffe in a landscape that is not dissimilar to the Wolds but definitely has a different quality and a few different plants.
One feature that is largely missing in Rushcliffe is much in the way of industrial archaeology – the Grantham Canal being a notable exception that springs to mind. This feature is buried away on the Thurgarton Beck and I haven’t got any idea what it once was.
Opposite-leaved Golden SaxifrageChrysosplenium oppositifolium was growing abundantly nearby; it is one plant that does not occur in Rushcliffe.
And this is another; Strawberry-bliteChenopodium capitatum has only previously been recorded from a garden at Chilwell (and about a dozen other places in the British Isles).
We managed around 213 species of plant including a good many common species that were missing from the square for the purposes of the atlas. A tantalisingly inaccessible pond took up half an hour of tact and diplomacy followed by five minutes of bold determination to add –Lemna minuta.
Dave’s famous blue rucksack is torn at the shoulder (and elsewhere) and nearing the end of its life so I thought it appropriate to preserve it in a photo and to show how it is possible to minimise one’s carbon footprint by not replacing stuff until it is truly necessary.