The seeds of Meadowsweet are arranged in tightly coiled balls:
The champions of subterfuge, though, are the seeds of Cow Parsley (and other Umbellifers, such as Hogweed). These resemble beetles:
|Seeds of Cow Parsley|
Notice that the similarity extends to antennae and even to 'eyes'.
When a fast-flying insect-eating bird spots these seeds, it is very easy to mistake them for a beetle at the top of a plant. As a result, many of these seeds are picked up and carried for some distance before the bird has noticed that its juicy beetle dinner is, in fact, a seed. If you're an insectivore, the last thing you want to eat is a seed, so these are very quickly dropped to germinate, but not before they have been carried some distance from the parent plant. Plants 1: Birds 0.
Moth identification continues to vex me, but I do think I'm beginning to make some headway.
This is the second specimen of Dotted Clay that I have seen:
|Dotted Clay moth|
These have a fairly short season, and the first one I saw was on 1st August 2009: exactly 3 years ago to the day. Dotted Clay uses a wide range of herbaceous foodplants, preferring Nettle and (in winter) Willows and other trees.
As usual, this Pug took a little time to identify:
Larvae of the Double-striped Pug can be found on almost any flower. (Pug larvae tend to eat flowers, rather than leaves).