always very common in the vicinity of Mill
Hill and the Adur Levels and on Shoreham
Beach, this umbellifer may not be so
common and even absent on the
downs away from
Hill, north of Shoreham
observed in the wild in Old Shoreham on the edge of the Waterworks Road
included fresh-looking Alexanders.
Alkanet and Alexanders on the verges of the
Road, Old Shoreham
covered in snow on the Adur
exude a strong smell. It seems rather like an unspecified synthetic chemical,
or something that could unmask unpleasant odours, being strong, but not
particularly pleasant. This may explain why it so attractive to flies
and other insects. One plant at the southern end of the Waterworks
Road (Old Shoreham) was visited by a small bee
plant, found on Mill Hill, but not very
often on the downs elsewhere, is a host of
so many insects that it has been allocated a page on its own.
Ants and 7-spot Ladybird
What is it? It does not seem
to have long antennae like an ant.
Sepsid Fly (Diptera:
There are twelve
British species in the genus Sepsis
by Malcolm Storey (BioImages)
on the Bees, Wasps and Ants
Recording Society Yahoo Group and by
Atkinson on the British
Insects Yahoo Group
Pixie Path a small
black fly looked familiar but it was not identified.
orange-coloured blisters on the underside of the leaves are caused by a
rust fungus, Puccinia smyrnii.
Gardens Information File
Path to Mill Hill