I often walk to town via The Pond
(and back the shorter way)
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Tuesday the Ninth of June
Small skipper being rather docile in the cooler weather
Wednesday the Tenth of June
Some species of ants farm aphids, protecting them on the plants where they are feeding, and consuming the honeydew the aphids release from the terminations of their alimentary canals. This is a mutualistic relationship, with these dairying ants milking the aphids by stroking them with their antennae. Although mutualistic, the feeding behaviour of aphids is altered by ant attendance. Aphids attended by ants tend to increase the production of honeydew in smaller drops with a greater concentration of amino acids.
Some farming ant species gather and store the aphid eggs in their nests over the winter. In the spring, the ants carry the newly hatched aphids back to the plants. Some species of dairying ants (such as the European yellow meadow ant, Lasius flavus) manage large herds of aphids that feed on roots of plants in the ant colony. Queens leaving to start a new colony take an aphid egg to found a new herd of underground aphids in the new colony. These farming ants protect the aphids by fighting off aphid predators.
The cluster of small white flowers are white campion.
There are quite a few pheasants around; this one was on the rugby field.
There’s ten native British ‘umbellifers’:
- Pignut, Conopodium majus
- Wild parsnip, Pastinaca sativa
- Common hogweed, Heracleum sphondylium
- Cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris
- Ground elder, Aegopodium podagraria
- Pepper-saxifrage, Silaum silaus
- Hemlock, Conium maculatum
- Scots lovage, Ligusticum scoticum
- Corn parsley, Petroselinum segetum
- Burnet-saxifrage, Pimpinella saxifraga
I don’t know which is which – so I call them all cow parsley
Thursday the Eleventh of June
There are bee orchids around the pond. Last year there were three plants at each of two places but this year there’s only one at each.
The grebe family have hatched their chicks – I think there’s three.
Banded white tailed bumble bee
Swan family on the canal
Saturday the Thirteenth of June
Speckled wood butterfly and a Cinnabar moth
The pond’s one remaining turtle
A couple of sunning blackbirds
Female Thick-Legged Flower Beetles (Oedemera nobilis). According to two twitterers
Another rather fine thistle head
Fourteenth of June
Rose, Bee orchid, Poppy, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Bramble,
Lichen on a concrete fence post
White tailed bumblebee and a load of aphids
Grebe and Child and a pair of Pigeons