Wednesday, 14 September 2011

More Berries

A few more Berries to lift the heart this morning.  Around the lakes of Straw's Bridge are several fruiting shrubs and trees.  some pretty impressive rose hips are to be seen on the shrub roses around 'Swan Lake', but it was the white berries of the Dogwood (Cornus alba) which caught my eye first.
Close by these little white jewels are the strangely shaped and oddly coloured fruits of the Spindle tree (Euonymus europaeus).  spindle gets it's name from the hard wood which was once used to make spindles for the wool industry.  But it is the four-lobed berry which looks so odd.
Back home and a Bug caught my eye as it climbed up our wall.  It is a Forest Shield Bug (Pentotoma rifupes).  Common in wooded areas, orchards and gardens across Britain, it's an impressive little bug.
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