Typical plants of waste ground occur including Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. Most people are familiar with it, not only because of its appearance with deep-cut leaves, greyish beneath and dark glossy green above, but also because of its smell. This is not as pungent as its close relative Wormwood, A. absinthium, but is easily recognised. Indeed its aromatic nature has led to it being used in the past, probably through much of southern England, as a substitute for tobacco. It has a rich folklore associated with it and for millennia it has been employed medicinally for things as diverse as relieving indigestion and easing childbirth. Today my interest in it was limited to an interesting leaf miner, Calycomyza artemisiae.
The leaves of Mugwort had been mined by a fly, Calycomyza artemisiae.
Byfield Pocket Park, 14 September, 2018
|Chris broke from her work for a snatch of conversation|