Sunday, 26 July 2015

Seeing the Changes 992

Spent one of this Summer's few fine days at Oxwich and couldn't help being struck by the effects of climate. I saw a morel-like fungus and a large toadstool on the dunes (it's high summer!). Some of the usual plants were in flower including Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis); Wood sage (Teucrium scorodonia); White stonecrop (Sedum album) and the end of the Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria) and Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor) seasons. There was also less Wild thyme (Thymus serpylium) than usual. The usual range of  day-flying Lepidoptera was also not in evidence but the Small skipper (Thymelicus flavus); Small blue (Cupido minimus); Six-spot burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae); Grayling (Hipparchia semele); Callistega mi and Small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) were spotted in reduced numbers. Hardly any beetles were seen but a solitary wasp optimistically explored.

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