Up Nodge, 13 May 2023

While Belinda caught up with family ahead of our Canada trip I had a few hours in Norwich to get a few last minute bits. 

Having done all I needed to I had plenty of time to spare and walked back to the car checking a spot on the way. There has been some Dusky Cranesbill threatening to escape from a garden for a year or two and it has now made the leap! I do like a garden escape, especially one that is a real looker. 

Jeremy Bartlett had just found some Pocket Plum growing on Blackthorn at the end of his road and it proved an easy find. These deformed 'fruits' are formed by the fungal plant pathogen Taphrina pruni and are a curious thing indeed. I have to admit to never having heard of them before so every day is a school day!

I then called in to Earlham Cemetery for a good wander. Apart from some nice patches of White Comfrey it was insects that caught the eye with Spruce Carpet, Common Flowerbug, the springtail Orchesella cincta, Common Striped Woodlouse, Dark Green Nettle Weevil, 14-spot Ladybird and the large Chequered Weevil, Liophloeus tessulatus making it a very enjoyable short visit. On my way out of the cemetery to grab a coffee 2 Grey-patched Mining Bees posed nicely.

                                                                                                                              Dusky Cranesbill

                                                                                                                              Pocket Plum
                                                                                                                              White Comfrey
                                                                                                                                 Spruce Carpet
                                                                                                                                 Orchesella cincta
                                                                                                                     Common Striped Woodlouse
                                                                                                                            Common Flowerbug
                                                                                                                          Dark Green Nettle Aphid
                                                                                                                               Chequered Weevil
                                                                                                                             14-spot Ladybird

                                                                                                                         Grey-patched Mining Bee

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