I set off for Foxhill Farm determined to be a little more cautious. Some of the meadows have only recently been mown and in this baking hot weather I was expecting to find everything sere. By and large it was but it is surprising how, even in these demanding conditions grass will flourish. Not all species of course but this plant of Cocksfoot Grass was finding moisture from somewhere.
|Against the odds grass is putting on growth. Foxhill Farm, 19 July, 2018|
Today my knowledge was put to the test when, at Foxhill Farm, hundreds of butterflies were on the wing. Some, such as Gatekeepers, Small Whites and Meadow Browns, are familiar and I feel confident with them but with others, such as skippers or blues, I need to exercise a little caution. This is particularly the case when an awkward cuss refuses to spread its wings.
The Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus, is not a problem as with the Holly Blue, Chalkhill Blue, and Silver-studded Blue even the underside of the wings seems to be quite distinctive.
|Common Blue feeding on Creeping Thistle. Foxhill Farm, 19 July, 2018|
|Small Copper also on Creeping Thistle. Foxhill Farm. 19 July, 2018|
Taphrina crataegi galls can take various forms.
Foxhill Farm, 19 July, 2018