Today, took grandkids Keely and Louie to to the little park at the old mill (long since converted to des.res.) next to the River Ivel which flows through home town Biggleswade and is a feeder for the Great Ouse.
Coming through The Dells to Back St we checked out the Prickly Lettuce plants that seem to grow out of the asphalt edges of the paths and it wasn't long before Louie found the first Small Ranunculus larva, in fact almost every small patch of plants was occupied .....
... small wonder that I get so many adults in the garden.
There is also plenty of Ivy-leaved Toadflax sprawling down the brick walls along the pedestrian footpaths but no sign of any Toadflax Brocade larva, maybe the wrong time of year ?
|The Mill, River Ivel|
|20 years ago the banks of the Ivel were covered with Common Comfrey and Purple Loosestrife etc, but now the invasive Himalayan Balsam has taken over.|
|A few young bunnies were having a nibble at the quiet end of the park|
|Cameraria ohridella on every leaf of the parks Horse Chestnuts trees|
|A larva found by the grandkids.... anyone ?|
Bright-line Brown-eye looks good
|I've been on the lookout for one of these in the garden recently... Red Underwing on its last legs, found in the park by Keely|