As I took a brief stroll through Byfield earlier today I was struck by the profusion of galls on a hybrid Lime tree (Tilia x europaea) in the main street.
|Common Lime galled by the mite, Eriophyes tiliae.|
Byfield, 31 July, 2014
The galls are the work of mites, Eriophyes tiliae, and I have rarely seen such an infestation. Generally speaking these galls and their mites probably do little harm to the host tree, but on this scale, a small effect would seem likely.
Nearby, on a patch of waste ground, a plant of Fat Hen, Chenopodium album, was host to an interesting leaf-miner.
The culprit was a small moth, Chrysoesthia sexguttella, known as the Six-spot Neb. It is not a rare moth. It is generally described as 'local', but the status often reflects the distribution of wildlife recorders rather than the actual insect.
On the edge of Daventry is a country park. It consists of a range of habitats around Daventry reservoir and, as far as I am aware, little wildlife recording has taken place there. To draw up a list of the flowering plants and invertebrates of the site could be a useful project, perhaps serving as a base line for recorders of future generations - and if I get in a brisk walk that will be a bonus. We'll see.
In the meantime there's packing to be done: microscopes, books and journals, computer, cd's, plus trivia such as clothes and furniture. So, get to it Tony.