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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 18 7:49 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

That's true Dpack, but it would be a brave (or foolhardy) person these days that tried toothwort for toothache, or lungwort for a cough. They were named because of the 'doctrine of signatures' rather than any help they might give I suspect.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 18 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lowri wrote:
Garden plant names keep changing, even quite ordinary ones. My mother was furious when they changed Montbretia to Crocosmia.
Thank you, Buzzy, for the alternative names for Herb Bennett - much nicer ones (Bennett always reminded me of a great-aunt I didn't like). I hadn't read Pride & Prejudice at that age!


It might help that Bennett derives from the Frenchified word Benoit, from the Latin Benedictus = Blessed - old French name for the plant Herbe Benoit = Blessed Herb.

There are ways of saying "Blessed Great Aunt" that alter the meaning.

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 18 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

and also interesting derivation.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 18 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Today we went to a woodland reserve hoping to see Birdsnest Orchid ( a fail) and Early Purple Orchid (just about a success. We found a couple, expecting many more).

We also saw Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus) - not rare but a lovely plant (in my view)




Crawling over logs in a recently cut area was a Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis), a longhorn beetle described in my book as "a superb wasp mimic"




The beetle may be superb, but I think calling the mimicry superb is overstating the case.

Henry

sean
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 18 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Frankly I've seen small children in fancy dress who looked more like the object of their mimicry than that beetle does.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 18 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would have thought it was too early for birds nest orchid. I usually expect to see them after the bluebell foliage has died back. That is what makes them so hard to spot; brown flower on brown background. It may be that we haven't cut the right areas this year, but it doesn't seem quite such a good orchid year this year as some. We have a lot up a track called 'Orchid Hill', and they are particularly good this year, but other areas are rather disappointing.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 18 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have had BNO in mid May, but usually in brown leaves. The area we searched on Monday had lots of greenery growing up, making the search much more difficult. We put it down to the oddness of the season.

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 18 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I usually find them after the bluebells and wild garlic have died back, usually some time in June at the earliest, but that could be because they are hidden before that, as you say.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 18 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

After four Mondays with no outing (my usual lift givers were away or otherwise busy) I went out on Monday in the hot sun. We saw a few Black Hairstreaks which was a bit of a surprise, as we had been told that they were over. A couple of those that we saw were indeed very badly worn. We also saw several Silver Washed Fritillaries, and lots of Ringlets and Meadow Browns. All the butterflies we saw were extremely active and almost impossible to photograph. Plenty of Buzzards and Red Kites in the skies'

All I managed to photograph was this patch of eggs, which somebody happened to spot:





I have no real idea who laid them!


Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 18 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a clutch and two "predators in waiting " ?

a couple of those look very different to most of em .

no idea what invertebrate laid em though

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 18 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Similarly, but very well spotted by someone. We have silver washed fritillaries flying, and saw some that are probably ringlets but wouldn't stay still long enough to be identified. Also speckled wood. The other brown ones could be meadow browns, but like the ringlets, wouldn't stay still.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 18 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Out today to a mixed area, where we mainly explored the heathland part. Saw Green Tiger Beetles in the first few minutes, but, like all the invertebrates, they were extremely active in the hot sun, and I didn't get any pictures.

There were lots of solitary bee/wasp nests, and we saw Ruby Tailed Wasps.

A variety of dragon and damsel flies round the ponds, but again, far too active for pictures.


One person, several times, said "Oh, look! Purple Hairstreak!', pointing at a fast vanishing black dot high in an Oak tree.


We stopped at a hide near another pond, where a Magpie and a Stock Dove (Columba oenas) posed for pictures:






I haven't photographed Stock Dove before, even though they live in the garden. They seem to be secretive, as I hardly ever see them, though I hear them frequently.


Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 18 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The insects are very fast moving at the moment aren't they. There are several butterflies I would like to look at but they won't stay still! Nice picture.

Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 18 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What I saw hunting in my garden this morning.



That's a fuchsia leaf, which gives you an idea of how small the spider is.

When I first noticed it the caterpillar was thrashing around. By the time I got the camera and went back outside it was limp as the spider scuttled to the underside of the leaf.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 18 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the escaping blob is a sign the weather is warm , smallish whiteish or big n gaudy is the closest i have got to id recently

the spider will have a decent meal out of that, nice snap.

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