A Mammoth Tale (from a walk in the sunshine)

We had a lovely walk in the sunshine today – it was a really lovely day ๐Ÿ™‚ I found lots of new flowers and some new insects too!

The new insects I spotted were these 24-spot ladybirds (the first pair are presumably mating). I couldn’t manage very good shots – a bit blurry – but they’re bearable:



The first of the new flowers was a pretty little Vetch in the hedgerow:


Then another little bee – same as the one I saw a couple of weeks back, I think, and again stumbling around pollen-covered in a dandelion!


There were quite a few Bumbles around too, but most were flitting around to quickly to photograph. This one was a little more helpful:


I was pleased to see that the village Bluebells are coming along nicely, not too far behind the ones in the woods near work:





There is big splash of violet across the hedgerow bottoms now, with many little violets joining that lonely one that I spotted a few weeks back. I’m pleased with this shot I got this time:


There are many flower buds on the Columbines in the hedgerow so hopefully not too long until the flowers come:



The Oak trees here are bursting out now like the ones near work:



I saw a more ‘normal’ Ladybird, as well as the 24-spots – this one is the regular 7-spot:


A new flower in the hedgerow now is the Garlic Mustard:



And another new arrival – the Red Campion:


I’ve been looking out for Wood Anemones for a while, and today they are finally here! Hurrah! Here’s some of them:



I spotted this nearly hidden at the bottom of hedge – I think it’s a Red Dead-Nettle or a relation:


Through the woods on the way back there wasn’t a lot to see. The Bluebells aren’t out yet. So it was just the Wood Anemones and the unfurling ferns. I do love the ferns though ๐Ÿ™‚



I spotted a couple of beetles while we were out. One is (I think) a Cereal-leaf Beetle, but the other, I’m not sure:



I was surprised to see tadpoles in the village pond. I’d been looking out for frogspawn and hadn’t seen any, but I must have missed it as there are a fair few tiny tadpoles in there now. There are also tonnes of tiny baby Water Boatmen, as well as Pond Skaters and crazy Whirlygig Beetles.

Another new flower spotted today was some Cowslips near the pond:


The flowers are all coming on the Horse Chestnut now – looks like they’ll be open soon:


One of my favourite village flowers is now starting to appear – the Cuckooflowers. The field down the road is pretty damp and turns in to a bit of a marsh when there’s a lot of rain, and this seems to be the perfect habitat for them:




The Hawthorn will soon be flowering – it has many little flower buds now:


And finally, a little update on the Fringecups which are really living up to their name now!


By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...


  1. wonderful photos Suzy ๐Ÿ™‚ We saw our first Wood Anemones today – one of my favourites. Your mystery purple flower looks very like Ground Ivy to me (Glechoma hederacea). I love the Cuckooflower too (or Lady’s Smock as we call it up here in the north ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). The leaves are edible and very tasty too – they taste a bit like cress.

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