Saturday, 28 May 2011

Iping Common

Lesser Stitchwort Stellaria graminea
Following Michael Blencowe’s report of Silver-studded Blues emerging at Iping Common I paid it a visit in the vague hope of finding them. I didn’t see one butterfly, although there were plenty of moths. This was my first trip to Iping Common and I will return when the sun shines! It is a fascinating area of heath, bog, ponds, heather and pine woods with some flora and fauna unique to the diminishing heathlands of Britain.

pond covered by Bog Bean (below)
Bog Bean Menyanthes trifoliata 
Common Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Mouse-ear Hawkweed Pilosella officinarum
young Bracken fronds
Bell Heather Erica cinerea

Heath Bedstraw Galium saxatil
leaves of the Heath Bedstraw
Heath Bedstraw Galium saxatil
Sailor Beetle Cantharis rustica
one of the soldier beetles
Identified using this site:
Comfrey Symphytum officinale
A country name for this plant is Knitbone due to a belief in its medicinal healing properties for broken bones. Sue's father gave her a daily drink of a leaf infusion when she broke her leg and she did heal well.
bumble bees at work

Red ants

Tormentil Potentilla tormentilla

Many-zoned Polypore coriolus versicolor
a bracket fungus which grows on tree stumps
beautiful antennae on this unidentified moth
Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi

a buttercup
Silverweed Potentilla anserina 

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