Thursday, 15 May 2008

Seeing the Changes 97

The first froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) nymphs were cuckoo spitting in Bynea. In addition in that location, the Small white (Pieris napi) was in flight and the hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus) basking. In terms of flowers, Hemlock (Conium maculatum), Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris), Cut-leaved cranesbill (Geranium dissectum), Sea arrow grass (Triglochin maritima), the reed Juncus effusus, Smooth sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus), Mouse-ear hawkweed (Hieracium pilosella) and Nettle (Urtica dioica) were all prominent. The last three mentioned were also in Loughor along with Common comfrey (Symphytum officinale). Loughor was also 'blessed' with the Common earwig (Forficula auricularis), the beetle Harpalus affinis, a Spotted cranefly (Nephrotoma appendiculata) and the fly Ophyra leucostoma. In Gorseinon, the Broad-leaved willowherb (Epilobium montanum) and Himalayan cotoneaster (Cotoneaster simonsii) were in flower.

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