A misty, moisty morning but then we had the sunniest day for a week and the insects responded accordingly. The objective though was the flora and we managed a good list without any great rarities or surprises for Dave, though I wasn’t anticipating¬†Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina.


Plants with tiny flowers feature in my selection of plant images on the day with these two; Field Madder Sherardia arvensis and Swine Cress Lepidium coronopus…. being the chosen ones.

Field Madder
Swine Cress

…being the chosen ones.

Harlequin Ladybirds were frequent, with these two forms being present.

Harlequin Ladybird form spectabilis
Harlequin Ladybird form succinea

Form spectabilis seems to be the most common and the new Bloomsbury guide on Ladybirds confirms this as the norm but it does not mention the form that I found at Radcliffe on Trent last summer and repeated here which I decided was an orange variation of form conspicua.

Harlequin Ladybird

This hoverfly, Syrphus ribesii joined me for lunch…

Syrphus ribesii
Giant Cranefly

—this Giant Cranefly Tipula maxima (apparently Britain’s largest fly) was in a damp ditch, which is right where it should be and, for something completely different, this is the second week running that I’ve spotted a Victorian letter box though this one is still actually in use. The one on the wall of The Unicorn’s Head at Langar is retained as a curiosity with a modern replacement nearby.

VR – Long live the queen

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