Monday, 8 July 2019

Hairy Tare ( vicia hirsuta)

8 July 2019* Eccup Reservoir

Hairy Tare - Vicia hirsuta Pod black, 6 to 11 mm 2 seeded and hairy, usually black. Similar Species. Smooth Tare is similar, but the two species can be separated with care. Smooth Tare flowers are larger and more purple in colour.

Grass vetchling (Lathyrus nissolia)

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Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

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Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum)

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Canada Goose

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Cinnabar moth caterpillars

 8 July 2019  Eccup reservoir on the bridge.
 8 July 2019  Eccup reservoir on the bridge.
2 July 2019*  Eccup reservoir on the bridge.

Caterpillars are feeding from July – early September and are initially pale yellow but soon develop bright yellow and black stripes to deter predators.

The caterpillars feed on poisonous ragwort leaves. The poision from the leaves is stored in the caterpillars body (and even remains when they are an adult moth). Any birds or other predators that ignore the caterpillars bright warning sign will be repulsed by how foul they taste.

Numerous caterpillars on one ragwort plant can reduced it to a bare stem very quickly. They are also known to be cannibalistic.

The caterpillars overwinter as pupa in a cocoon under the ground. The adult moths emerge around mid May and are on the wing up until early August, during which time males and females will mate and eggs are laid. (LINK)

2 July 2019*  Eccup reservoir on the bridge.

Canadian Fleabane (Conyza canadensis)

8 July 2019 Eccup 

Canadian Fleabane is an erect annual growing up to 1m.

There are large numbers of small flowers.

Flowers are 3-5mm across with short, white, ray florets and

4 lobed, yellow disc florets.

Bracts are green, yellow and purplish.

Leaves are green, lanceolate and toothed.

Those at the bottom of the stem turn yellow and die.
It is a neophyte which has grown wild in England since the 1690s

and has been markedly increasing over the last 50 years.

It grows on pavements, waste ground, walls, by roads, paths

and railways and as a weed in gardens and other cultivated

ground. (LINK)

Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)

8 July 2019* Bridge on the reservoir 

The only British burnet moth with six red spots on each forewing, although care must be taken with identification, as in some cases the outermost spots can be fused. Rarely the red colour is replaced by yellow.

Flies with a usually slow buzzing flight during sunshine and is attracted to a range of flowers including thistles, knapweeds and scabious.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Water Figwort (Scrophularia auriculata)

2 July 2019* Eccup Reservoir - Bridge

Water Figwort is a tall plant of riverbanks, pond margins, damp meadows and wet woodlands. Its maroon flowers are pollinated by the Common Wasp.

Water Figwort is a common plant of riverbanks, pond margins, damp meadows and wet woodlands. Its maroon flowers appear from June to September, provide nectar for bumblebees, and are pollinated by the Common Wasp.

How to identify
Water Figwort has reddish, square stems and pointed, toothed leaves that are evergreen. Its flowers are deep maroon with two lips, and conspicuous green sepals that have brown edges; they are held in branches off the main stem and appear in whorls.

Found throughout the UK, but scarcer in Scotland.

8 July 2019


Great Lettuce - (Lactuca virosa)

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Tall plant to 2 metres, with stems often prickly below and often tinged maroon Upper leaves horizontal, finely prickly along the mid-rib beneath. Flowerheads in a pyramidal panicle. Achenes maroon to blackish.
Leaves very variable, but more often lobed, and usually maroon tinged; stem and prickly midribs also tinged maroon.  Achenes maroon to blackish
Disturbed ground, roadside verges, waste places & banks of streams.

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