Sunday, 6 May 2012

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Spent a few days in the far North-east of England. At Tynemouth, spotted a Small copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas). At that location, Apple (Malus domestica), Lucerne (Medicago sativa), Red valerian (Centranus ruber), White clover (Trifolium repens), White dead nettle (Lamium album) and Warty cabbage (Bunias orientalis) were all in bloom. Flowers spotted at Beadnell in Northumberland also included Bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguinenum). The critters at Tynemouth included lots of Six-spot burnet moth larvae (Zygaena filipendulae) and marching columns of weevils. There was a hairy, ginger moth larva at Beadnell.

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Continuing the tale of early bloomers. Hazel ( Corylus avellana ) displayed both male (yellow catkins) and female (red) flowers at Pencl...