|View north into the Ash trees|
|Lesser Celandine with Creeping Buttercup leaves to the right|
|The fungal rust Uromyces dactylidis on Lesser Celandine|
|Puccinia lapsanae on Nipplewort leaf|
The ditch is also home for Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage, which has to be one of the most symmetrical plants I know:
|Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage in flower|
|At least 6 mines of the micromoth Stigmella aurella on Bramble|
This shot shows one of the micromoth larvae actively mining from left to right. Notice that the mine has abruptly turned right just before the margin: there must be something that the larva can detect that makes it turn before it is in danger of falling out of the leaf.
|Larva of the micromoth Stigmella aurella|
That shot is taken from below the leaf looking upwards, and shows light shining through the upper surface of the leaf, through the larva and through the lower surface of the leaf. Given that the leaf is no more than a millimetre thick, the larva is probably around 500 microns thick (and 3 millimetres long).
The ditch wall has many mosses and liverworts; these capsules belong to the moss Bryum capillare. Last year's capsules are still present, and the leaves of the Bryum can be seen to the bottom right of the image.
|Capsules of Bryum capillare|
Lastly for today, flowers of Hairy Bittercress, also known as Jumping Cress. If you want to discover the origin of the second name, just touch some ripe seedpods.
|Hairy Bittercress (also known as Jumping Cress)|