A few traces of these early installations remain but yesterday my daughter Jacqui accompanied Chris and me for a straightforward walk. Bing, Jacqui's newly-acquired puppy, helped with any sniffing problems.
It was late in the season for much of a floral display on this acid grassland, but Ladies Bedstraw, Galium verum, with its rather straggling, golden-yellow, honey-scented flowers was still plentiful. It was once gathered and used for stuffing bedding. It would eventually be burned and it is suspected that fleas and bed-bugs disliked the experience. The species is a food plant, along with species of Willow Herb, for caterpillars of the Elephant Hawk Moth.
Ladies Bedstraw flowers are honey-scented. The dried plants smell of
new-mown hay. Borough Hill, Daventry. 24 September, 2017
Piezodorus lituratus is one of our largest shieldbugs. Borough Hill, Daventry.
24 September, 2017