24th April


Original hedgerow, legs 1 and 2.

1 x Green-veined White.

Misty early, sunny later.


I was down taking a shot of a Bibio (see later) when I caught a movement out of the corner of my left eye. I turned, focussed and shot in about half a second.


Germander Speedwell - Veronica chamaedris - can be readily identified by the two lines of hairs running down the stem. That's the first time I've managed to photograph them.


Here's a slightly better shot of the Ivy-leaved Water-Crowfoot - Ranunculus hederacea. It grows in muddy places, as you can see.


Flower about 6 mm. across.

I have a wasp phobia, and it takes quite a bit of self-control to take a picture like this. This is a queen wasp hunting for a nesting place.


This Chickweed - Stellaria media - was growing out of the side of a vertical wall. I suppose that qualifies as bare ground.

This is the male of the larger of the two species of Bibio flying at the moment. In flight it looks blue/black and the rear legs hang vertically downwards. Body about 15mm. long.

Bibio hortulanus.

I think every plant species I look at has a rust. This is on a Sonchus, probably Spiny Sow Thistle.


Miyagia pseudosphaeria.

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