Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Seeing the Changes 1184

More material around in Loughor will Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus) in bloom and a visitation from a Bee moth male (Aphomia sociella).

Seeing the Changes 1183

Lots of stuff out in Bynea, including Thrift (Armeria maritima); Bithynian vetch (Vicia bithynica); Hemlock water dropwort (Oenanthe crocata); Southern marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) and Greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea).

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Seeing the Changes 1182

More flowering in Loughor with the appearances of Common cleavers (Gallium aparine) and Yellow oxalis (Oxalis corniculata).

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Seeing the Changes 1181

Visited by a Small phoenix (Elictopera silaceata) in Loughor, along with a Common green shield bug (Palomina prasina).

Gone to Seed Bank?

It was mean't to provide long-term insurance against man-made disasters resulting in the loss of important crop plants, when it was opened, in 2008, deep in the permafrost of Svalberg on the island of Spitzbergen in Norway, but the Global Seed Vault has already been threatened by yer humans (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts). Rising temperatures have already flooded the entrance to the bank which contains almost a million packets of seeds from around the world. Fortunately, none of the seeds have been lost thus far but it is an illustration that we are pretty good at our man-made disasters.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Seeing the Changes 1180

More critters around in Loughor. They included the beetle Cantharis rustica and the Brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni).

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Seeing the Changes 1179

More items emerge from the damp in Loughor. Fly honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum) was in flower. What appeared to be a bedraggled Ghost swift (Hepiatus humuli) struggled in the grass. Nymphs of the Common froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) frothed at the mouth.