The area I visited is ripe with the aroma of Wild Garlic (Ramsons) at this time of year: the bank is covered with its delicate white flowers and strappy green leaves:
|Ramsons (Wild Garlic) at the river Deele|
|Ramsons flower-head with sheath|
|Wild Garlic flower-head|
Having (at last!) got my hands on some spider references, I have been making an effort to fill in some of the gaps in my identifications.
Tetragnatha extensa is usually found near water on low-level vegetation. This one was on Hogweed on the riverbank:
|Tetragnatha extensa on Hogweed leaf|
Tetragnatha extensa is very closely related to the huge brown spiders that are often found in garages or bathrooms.
Up on the bridge I found Ivy in fruit:
And a nice profile shot of the hoverfly Platycheirus albimanus which is everywhere at the moment:
|Platycheirus albimanus (female)|
I'm never quite sure to be dismayed or excited when I see a Pug moth that I don't recognise: I realise that they are very difficult to identify (and that means I'm going to spend quite a while with the books to hand), but there's always the chance I'll find something new. This specimen is the Common Pug, which - strangely - I hadn't seen before:
|Common Pug - Eupithecia vulgata vulgata|
So that's four new species in a couple of days.