Thursday, 24 December 2009

Frost and snow

I suppose it's no great surprise that we have had snow and frost this week, and I saw a nice shot of this umbellifer with the setting sun behind it. I could be an absolute pig and get you to guess the plant, but you'd be hard pushed: it's Fennel from my herb patch.

Saturday, 19 December 2009


A wonderful sunrise today. The vertical column of light appears to be some weather phenomenon that I can't put a name to.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Final results for Large White larvae

The final total of larvae (see here) that managed to succesfully pupate is 3 out of 12. So 75% parasitisation, which is well within normal parameters. Interestingly enough, the last two larvae were successful. I suppose that shows the value of having a spread of hatching/pupation dates within a species: by the time the later ones are hatching, the parasite has either died or moved on.

Sometimes it pays not to be first in the queue.