505 - Spotted Medick Medicago Arabica 10/5 distinctive leaves only in the front meadow
506 - Persicaria or Red Shank Polygonum persicaria 10/5 sprouting out of bare ground in the meadow where we brush-cut the nettles and brambles back in March
507 - White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella 10/5 two in the trap last Friday night
508 - Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta one of only two new moths in the trap on Friday night. There really ought to be a few more species by now but I think night-time temperatures are still too low …. And it’s been pretty breezy here lately. Might try it closer to the woodland edge next time - circa 100m away from the workshop via extension leads ...... last time I used the old Wolf generator up there, it melted the choke unit .....
509 - Hoverfly Rhingia campestris two on windbreak netting inside the barn 11/5 .... plus this one on one of the many nettle patches here
510 - Hoverfly Cheilosia albitarsis on nettles in the upper meadow 11/5
511 - Fly Hydrophoria lancifer on nettles in the upper meadow 11/5
512 - Small White Pieris rapae being blown across the parking area here at the plot 12/5
514 - Red-and-black Froghopper Cercopis vulnerata (left) on nettles in the upper meadow 12/5 ..... tell a lie - this one's on blackthorn. The first two I found were on nettles .....
515 - Variegated Yellow Archangel Lamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. Argentatum 12/5 naturalised/dumped in a woodland verge just down the road . Really interesting woodland verge though ....
516 - False Oat Grass Arrhenatherum elatius 12/5 also in the verge just down the road
517 - Fly Graphomya maculate 12/5 (left) basking on nettle in the upper meadow
518 - Fly Azelia nebulosa ditto
519 - Fly Sarcophaga carnaria on the windbreak netting inside the barn while the rain poured down
520 - Hoverfly Leucozona lucorum (left) on Red Campion in the shelter of the main rubble bank by the parking area here 13/5. Only discovered it because the Challenge has now got me regularly examining the nettle and wild flower banks near the workshop early a.m.
521 - Comfrey Symphytum officinale naturalised at the far end of the rookery wood 14/5 when I also found the following plants ....
522 - Upright Hedge-parsley Torilis japonica doesn’t flower until July but fern green umbellifer leaves appearing everywhere in the wild flower banks and overgrown lower meadow. Always common around the plot but this year it’s already looking invasive!
523 - Wood Melick Melica uniflora widespread along the shady bridleway that splits the little bluebell wood from the upper meadow. Grasses are starting to flower all over the place – challenging times coming up ….
524 - Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis sprouting out of the recently re-excavated ditch south of the Castle
525 - Scentless Mayweed Matricaria maritime now well-established around the farmyard by the Church
526 - Fat Hen Chenopodium album Only very small plants still (50-75mm) around the farmyard but have weeded enough of it out of the asparagus bed in the garden up the road (in the next square) to be fed up with the sight of it already!
526 species ….. but just wish the weather would warm up a bit - back up to May rather than March levels (i.e. normal March levels). Hope too that my 'ex' makes a full and speedy recovery very soon ..... we're all thinking of you!