The Barren Strawberry can be separated from the wild strawberry by the notch in the outer edge of the petals and also by the slightly glaucus appearance of the leaves:
Cow Parsley is beginning to show faster growth now, and already the fungal rust Puccinia chaerophylli is in evidence.
|Puccinia chaerophylli on Cow Parsley|
References say May-June, although I have found it in mid-April. I'm beginning to wonder if this is going to be an 'early year'.
Most of the early moths are showing up now:
|Early Grey - a Willow pollen feeder|
|Early Thorn, found on many broad-leaf woody plants|
|Twin-spotted Quaker - another Willow feeder|
|Hebrew Character - one of our most widely-spread moths. Eats many plants.|
Caddis flies are often mistaken for moths, but the wings are downy rather than scaled and the antennae are held in a forward-pointing position.
This specimen appears to be one of the Anabolea family, but it could be one of 25 different species.
Caddis fly larvae are usually aquatic and live in cases made from debris glued together and rolled into a tube.