The grass is now knee-deep despite large quantities of Yellow Rattle theoretically reducing their vigour with their semi-parasitic mode of existence. As mentioned in a previous blog, there is a considerable amount of Pignut, Conopodium majus, and with this is associated the Chimney Sweeper Moth, Odezia atrata, for which Pignut is the larval food-plant. It is not the most exciting of moths, with its drab grey-black wings tipped with white but I was pleased to see it because, although it is still reasonable common, its food-plant has diminished in range - and with it, this moth.
The Chimney Sweeper is associated with Pignut.
Foxhill Farm, Badby. 18 June, 2018
This reddening of a sorrel leaf could be down to a virus.
Foxhill Farm. 18 June, 2018
The mite, Phyllocoptes goniothorax, causes a roll-like gall on hawthorn.
Foxhill Farm, Badby, Northants. 18 June, 2018