Saturday, 3 July 2010

Seeing the Changes 308

In Loughor, Tormentil (Potentilla erecta), Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum), Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) and Prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola) were in flower. There were lots of Ringlet (Athantopus hyperantus) and Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) butterflies, mating Flesh-flies (Sarcophaga carnaria), a Sawfly (Tenthredo celtica), Common froghoppers (Philaenus spumarius), maternal spiders with creche webs and a Scorpion fly (Panorpa communis). The house was invaded by a female Crab spider (Misumena vatia). In Penclacwydd, the Hazel (Corylus avellana) was in nut and Water-pepper (Polygonum hydropiper) plus Marsh bedstraw (Galium palustre) were in bloom. Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara) had green berries. In Bynea, masses of Great willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum), Blue fleabane (Erigeron acer), Wild carrot (Daucus carota), Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) and Common orache (Atriplex patula) were in flower. Summer broods of the Comma (Polygonia c-album) and Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterflies were seen there.

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