January and February have been cold and for example at the end of February I tried the moth trap on three evenings but caught nothing. Today, with the temperature at around 10℃, was a little more Spring-like. I found a very modest 17 plants in flower, the village being the most productive with weeds, naturalised plants and garden escapes. The pasture had nothing unsurprisingly despite the presence of a marsh fed by a spring emerging from limestone further up.
Here is a comparison of the plants in flower on the 2 days.
|Wood Avens||Geum urbanum||NYD|
|Shepherd's- Purse||Capsella bursa-pastoris||SDD||NYD|
|Read Dead-nettle||Lamium purpureum||SDD||NYD|
|Common Chickweed||Stellaria media||SDD|
|Annual Meadow Grass||Poa annua||SDD|
|Hairy Bittercress||Cardamine hirsuta||SDD|
|Common Field-speedwell||Veronica persica||SDD|
|Ivy-leaved Speedwell||Veronica hederifolia||SDD|
|Petty Spurge||Euphorbia peplus||SDD|
|Lesser Celandine||Ranunculus ficaria||SDD|
|White Dead Nettle||Lamium album||SDD|
|Greater Periwinkle||Vinca major||SDD|
I saw my first bee of the year, a queen White-tailed Bumblebee.
I dallied a little looking at the hazel flowers - the female and male flowers are on the same bush but are separate. Pollination is effected by the wind, so I looked to see if there was any difference in the distribution of female flowers - top to bottom - one might expect more at lower levels but I could not see any. difference.
|Hazel flower (female)|