Cardamine pratensis: Cuckooflower, also commonly known as ‘Lady’s-smock’, is a pretty, springtime perennial of damp, grassy places like wet meadows, ditches and riverbanks, as well as roadside verges. Its pale pink flowers bloom from April to June and are thought to coincide with the arrival of the first Cuckoo – a sure sign that spring has arrived at last

In folklore, it was said to be sacred to the fairies, and so was unlucky if brought indoors. It was not included in May Day garlands for the same reason


Cuckoo flower

This video shows activity at the den a night or two before the cubs were moved.

As a caterpillar, the common blue eats leaves. As an adult butterfly, it feeds on wildflower nectar and excrement. The adult lives for 3 weeks.

Males are often very obvious as they defend territories against rivals and seek out the more reclusive females. In the south of Britain, there are two broods a year, flying in May and June and again in August and September. Northern England has one brood, flying between June and September. In a year with a long warm season, there is sometimes a partial third brood in the south flying into October.

Common Blue Butterfly

Male common blue butterfly

Stellaria graminea: Lesser Stitchwort blooms until the end of August and sometimes well into September. Allegedly, the stitchwort plants are used to cure that pain in the side known as ‘stitch’, which afflicts many people when they try to run after a long layoff from sporting activities.

Forensic entomology makes use of scorpionflies’ habit of feeding on human corpses. Scorpionflies were the first insects to arrive at a donated human cadaver and remained on the corpse for one and a half days. The presence of scorpionflies thus indicates that a body must be fresh.

Scorpion Fly

Scorpion Fly

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