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Wednesday 26 May 2021

Wildflower lawn flowers and insects


My wildflower lawn is full of buttercups now.  And feeding on the pollen is Malachius bipustulatus, a beetle, which feeds mainly on grass pollen but here on a buttercup.  The larvae hunt other insects under loose bark.  Ref: Collins complete guide to British insects. 

A dozen Common-spotted orchids are pushing up their flower stems.

And a Southern Marsh orchid flower is further advanced.

Thursday 13 May 2021

No mow May: Linnet feeding on Dandelion seeds on a garden lawn

 Just lock up your lawnmower on May 1st and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators.  Ref:

However, an unmown lawn can also become the largest bird feeder in your garden.  This morning a female Linnet was feasting on dandelion seeds, which had been allowed to flower in an unmown section of lawn.

Here is a host of photo's of this one delightful bird.

The Linnet was in the middle of this lawn.  Green and Goldfinches also regularly visit to eat the leaves of Cat's-ear, which at is claimed to be edible.  I'll try it for lunch today.  Anything can be eaten once.

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Fairmile Bottom and Rewell Wood: Fritillaries, Grizzled skipper and other insects.

Over almost seven Km and for three and a half hours, William and I meandered around this glorious meadow and wood in near perfect weather.  It is a magical area, rich with diverse habitats and wildlife.
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Treble-bar moth

Fritillary (pearl-bordered?)


Male Brimstone on dog poo bag. 


Painted Lady

Early-purples orchids

A rare Grizzled skipper

For the route, please see this link,  The pictures are in reverse order of the walk except for one anomaly. 

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