"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

A Spring miscellany

First a spider in my bathroom this morning. No idea of species!

Next some flies on the dung of the White Park cattle at Ringstead Downs. Probably Yellow Dung-flies Scathophaga stercoraria (male and female in second photo).

Finally a plant in the wood at the top of the south bank at Ringstead Downs.  We noticed several green plants standing out among the leafless trees.  They are Butcher's-broom Ruscus aculeatus, an unusual plant in that its "leaves" are actually flattened stems.

On the north bank we found a few Cowslips in flower and quite a large patch of plants (not in flower) which I identified as Dame's-violet.

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