White Oxen and Zempson

Lots of crosswort in the damp meadows at White Oxen and hedgerows around Zempson.

crosswort
crosswort

The first early purple orchids are flowering,

and the first ragged robin, bugle, buttercups, and yellow pimpernel.

ragged robin
ragged robin
bugle
bugle
creeping buttercup
creeping buttercup

yellow pimpernel

Also in flower were lady’s smock, bog stitchwort, cornsalad, primroses, common dog violets, sticky mouse-ear, wavy bittercress, thale cress, daisies, germander speedwell, red dead-nettle and red campions.


These shiny green dock-eating beetles are gastrophysa viridula.

mesembrina meridiana
mesembrina meridiana

At home, ferns are unfurling and the first kingcups are out.

Bumble bees are all over the pieris and there was a tiny moth with amazingly long antennae on the blackcurrants: a buff long-horn.

Bombus terrestris queen?
Bombus terrestris
Nematopogon metaxella
Nematopogon metaxella

lichen tree

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