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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

9/6/10: Lovely Legumes congregate on Crayford Rough

On my first visit to this site (22/5/10) I had garnered my first ever record of the Yellow Vetchling (Lathyrus aphaca) - though didn't mention it in that post. I knew straight away what this highly distinctive and uncommon plant was from illustrations in books, having been keen to see it for some time.

Today the Yellow Vetchling was in flower, along with an array of other Legumes - fabulous stands of Tufted Vetch of superb colour, Meadow Vetching, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lesser Trefoil, White Clover, Red Clover and Hairy Tare - and a worthy subject to top this Crayford Rough picture parade.

Yellow Vetchling in flower

Meadow Vetchling in flower

A patch of Tufted Vetch in flower

A closer view of the Tufted Vetch flower spikes, showing the beautiful bi-colouring of many of the plants here

A clump of Asparagus was a further record for the site.

Insects today included:
- a Latticed Heath moth
- the attractive little Burnet Companion moth, my first ever recording/identification of this species
- a male Banded Demoiselle away from the water
- a male Common Blue butterfly
- a Green-veined White butterfly

Birds noted were:
- a Grey Wagtail
- a male Whitethroat
- a Song Thrush

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