Monday, 12 March 2012

Warm sunshine, flowers blooming, insects flying - it must be Spring!

An Article by Heather Martin

Wood Anemones (Anemone nemorosa) are starting to flower across the woodland floor.
Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina) has heads made up of five yellow-green flowers, four facing outwards at right angles and the fifth facing upwards which gives the plant its other common name - Town-hall Clock.
The face of spring!
Early Mining Bees are now in evidence throughout the wood. Apart from a few species they are very difficult to positively identify but this (Andrena haemorrhoa) with its distinctive foxy-brown hairy thorax and black abdomen was spotted resting on a log.
Also basking on a nearby log pile was a Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) that had emerged from hibernation. It is sometimes called the Viviparous Lizard - viviparous meaning bearing live young, because the baby lizards are born in egg sacs that break during birth.
The frogs have been busy producing clouds of spawn in the seasonal pond.
A pair of Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus) are in the process of building a nest at the edge of a bramble thicket. It is made of lichen, moss and feathers and when completed will be the shape of an upright rugby ball, with a small round entrance near the top.
No sooner have leaves emerged than something starts eating them! These mines in Honeysuckle leaves are the work of (Chromatomyia aprilina) , a fly from the family Agromyzidae. They can be identified by the pale green puparium visible on the underside of the leaf.

All pictures by Heather Martin 12/03/2012

1 comment:

  1. We've got Wood Anemones too, nice to see Spring coming!