After a search lasting ten minutes, I could not find the Autumn Lady's Tresses, Spiranthes spiralis, in the same area as yesterday.
habitat was similar (but not identical) to the lower slopes with prostrate
Vetch leaves and the following other plants in flower:
Gentian (over 100 plants*), Eyebright,
Wort, Carline Thistle and
Foot Trefoil in the short herb (with Plantain
and Burnet Saxifrage leaves) and grass area. There were lots of rabbit
droppings and three ant's
number may stretch the boundaries of the patch to include the plateau to
the north where this plant was numerous this year.) There
were leaves of Yarrow and many other herbs.
|This small beetle crawled
over the herbs, grass and rabbit droppings just north of the Reservoir,
It was not measured so its total length of 17 mm is a rough estimate only.
The habitat contained Yarrow leaves, the reported food plant of this beetle.
The beetle in the photo is certainly Galeruca tanaceti. It feeds on Tansy and possibly Bedstraws too, as far as I can tell. I would say Galeruca is uncommon.
not surprised that I missed the Autumn
Lady's Tresses, Spiranthes spiralis,
on previous visits as this orchid is very much smaller than expected and
already past its best. There were three plants seen in the short grass
and herbs just north of the Reservoir on Mill Hill.
The photograph above shows the general view of the short herbland.