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LOCAL WEATHER LOCAL NATURE LOCAL PHOTOS


These photos were all taken in and around Staplefield over the last few weeks.
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3 Aug

There's always an insect of some sort on ragwort.
This time it's a moth; not one that I can identify.
 

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Get out there picking. Blackberries are warm & just becoming ripe.

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1 Aug

Fluffy goldfinch chicks, just a few days old

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26 July

A young pied wagtail, still with its juvenile colour scheme.
And looking a little chubbier than and adult.

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25 July

The herald. Beautiful camouflage for this moth that normally hangs out in fallen leaves.
Later broods of these will hibernate and reappear in the spring on willow trees.

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photo courtesy of Margaret Dean

 

Red Admirals are looking at their best now. These are this year's young and not the scruffy
ones that appear in the spring after a long hibernation.

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photo courtesy of Will Butler


22 July

Betony. Another mediaeval healing plant. it even looks similar to other healers
like self-heal and woundwort.

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19 July

Another patch of sown wild flowers. This time dominated by comfrey. The plant has been used for years for medecinal purposes.
Even the roots were useful: Grated and used as a paste, like plaster of paris, for setting bones.

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18 July

Phacelia, a bee-friendly flower sown in a cover crop.
One of its characteristics is that its seeds are 'negatively photoblastic'. Look it up!

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17 July

Hornets coming and going into some roof space. Most, though not all, seem to be removing insulation
or bits of an old wasp nest, rather than building a nest here.

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Cabbage white caterpillars emerging from their eggs on the underside of a
broccoli leaf. They haven't yet developed their colour.

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15 July

Common knapweed, also known as 'paintbrushes' is brightening up the hedgerows

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This little patch of uncut hay is full of blue chicory flowers on long stems.
These ones have their petals closed as they wait for the sun to appear.

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10 July

This explains why I've been seeing goldfinches so much this year. This pair are nesting only a few yards from the house.
There is just one egg. Probably a second brood. The female incubates the eggs. The male provides the food.

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