Mill Hill Copse
Hawkweed Ox-tongue, Picris hieracioides
leaves and bracts on this flower from Mill
Hill look Dandelion-like.
These leaves are mostly hidden under other herbs.
A type of Dandelion?
I think this may be the Smooth Hawks-beard, Crepis capillaris.
NB: Look at the bracts. Look also at the leaves.
This flower rose on a single stem from a rosette that was completely hidden by other herbs.
Dandelions (or a related plant) were already common on the Shoreham Bank.
Ref: Dudman, A.A. & Richards, A.J. 1997. Dandelions of Great Britain and Ireland. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 9. London: Botanical Society of the British Isles.
Moth larvae that feed on Dandelions
The British dandelions are split into nine sections.
|This hawkweed (or is this a Rough Hawkbit?) was single flowering on the edge of the path in the Hawthorn copse bit a few metres to the north of where the lower slopes turn into dense scrubland. Several shoots grew out from the rosette of smooth (not hairy or serrated) leaves. These are always difficult to identify.|
have identified this solitary flower as that of the Mouse-eared
leaves were not be seen. Apart from the dead heads of
Carline Thistle, this was the only flower
seen on the lower slopes. There were small amounts of Nostoc
(* ID not confirmed: the other possibility is the Autumnal Hawkbit, Leontodon autumnalis.)
As the wild flowers were generally dying out everywhere, I decided to make a note of where the diminished numbers of butterflies were seen and what nectar plants if any they were using.
The lower slopes of Mill Hill are one of the only places worth visiting for butterflies in the middle to late September. The numbers were less than earlier in the month. 25 Meadow Browns were counted scattered evenly over the slopes, visiting the common Autumn Hawkbit, Leontodon autumnalis, one making a a visit to the occasional Wild Basil.
Ear was noticed in flower on the Coastal
15-18 June 2006
on the far right on 30 July 2006
plant in flower on the shingle of Kingston Buci
Beach was the unattractive
The two plants illustrated above are frequent on wasteland throughout Shoreham.
20 June 2006
Mouse-eared Hawkweed on the northern bank of the Slonk Hill Cutting
6 June 2006
Dandelion at Widewater
There were no butterflies to be seen at all on a quick passage walk of 15 minutes on the Shoreham Bank . The only thing of note was one of small Lasioglossum bees on a solitary Dandelion. This Dandelion looks a bit unusual with the compressed centre, but I think this occurs when the Dandelion is not in full sunlight, or in the early stages of its growth.
This Andrena bee photographed
above on a Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale,
the top of The Drive, Shoreham looks familiar, but it does not seem to
have been photographed before.
Bristly Ox-Tongue and Black Medick
Shoreham Bank, Mill Hill
end of the lower slopes of Mill
|02: Mouse-ear Hawkweed||Hawkweed?
showing the rosette of leaves
Click to see the hairs which are not so
noticeable as usual, much more noticeable
on the upper slopes