After the weekend and with the weather having taken a long-awaited turn for the better, we have been enjoying some nice walks around the area and taking in the flowers which are all bursting into life. Among these is a rather beautiful little plant with distinctive red flowers in small globes atop its stems. The Salad Burnet (Sangquisorba minor).
Cercopis vulnerata). This is an unmistakable member of the Froghopper family, but unlike many of their cousins, which feed on stems and produce the familiar 'Cuckoo Spit' the nymphs of these Red and Black Froghoppers feed on underground stems and roots. But when they emerge as adults, they look wonderful.
Anthocharis cardamines) was flitting among the hedgerows before settling on a Hawthorn leaf. There are a number of sub-species of Orange Tip and this one is sub-species 'britannica' and is found throughout mainland Britain. Ireland and the Isle of Man have their own sub-species 'hibernica'.