Beside the Path 5

The bright yellow flower heads of Winter Cress (Barbarea vulgaris) make a bright splash of colour now the Dandelions are ending their first blooming. The day I went for the walk they had attracted dozens of flying insects that were competing for mates among the petals – all small Ichneumon wasps (Amblyteles armatorius) which are solitary parasites that inject their eggs in other species to develop. Online close-up image below.

Beside the Path 4

Flowering white dead-nettle amongst the leaves of cleavers, common nettles, and hogweed by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

Beside the Path 3

The new unblemished horse chestnut leaves reach down low towards the waist-high white cow parsley flowers beside the path. Later in the year, the leaves will develop the brown blemishes caused by the larvae of the chestnut leaf miner moth, which is a species that has been accidentally introduced to Britain from Spain.

Beside the Path 2

Flowering grasses and cow parsley by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

The main grass in the foreground above is Cock’s-foot. The flowers are not yet open and all is still green. – see image below. It’s appearance will change delightfully as the flowers open in a few weeks’ time

Beside the Path 1

Luxuriant foliage and White Dead-nettle by the side of the path as I walked around the village (17th May 2022).

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