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Butterflies and Flowers (November)

There is only so much fun that you can have with a dog and a puddle.

I think that we all need to grow up a bit and be more serious.

You first 🙂

Yesterday the rain was torrential. All of the lower fields are flooded. I was really surprised to wake up this morning to this sky.

November SkyI can live with that. Today Fizz and I are going after Butterflies but we also want to look at what is still in flower.

The Butterfly idea was doomed to success. Even before I stepped out of my front door I saw one.

A rubbish photo but I took it in case this was the only animal that I saw today. It is enough to prove that they are still about.

November Red AdmiralSo flowers first. Fizz is always in flower. Unfortunately all that water avoidance that she was doing resulted in her getting a thorn in her foot.

Thorny FizzLet the doctor have a look.

Fizz's FootGet out of the way and I’ll kiss it better for you.

Fizz's FootThere. I have saved your life again.

Saved Fizz

FizzOther flowers.

Most of them we were expecting.

Red Campion

Red CampionSilene dioica obviously. I put that on EW earlier, I haven’t created all the links yet but it is here Red Campion


Bramble blossomHogweed is still going strong.

HogweedThere were plenty of flowers still to open… This is an important nectar source at this time of year.

HogweedThere were plenty of seed heads too.

HogweedHerb Robert, it doesn’t seem to have a season.

Herb RobertThere are still a few Ivy flowers about but not many.

IvyThere is a lot of this next one, White Dead Nettle. The last of the dead nettles it won’t be very long before it’s little red cousin will be popping up to welcome  the spring.

White Dead NettleWe pretty much expected to see those and that is a fair summary of all that I could find in flower in this location…. Except for this next one.

Field RoseA lovely Field Rose. This one is out of season but the bush didn’t know that and it had buds just about to burst into flower.

Field Rose

Field RoseSo I didn’t chase butterflies up and down the track because I have only just done the Red Admiral. I just wanted to record their presence. These are the only butterflies that I am still regularly finding.

Red Admiral

Red AdmiralI saw one Dragonfly but I only saw it as a silhouette against the sky as it moved down the track in front of me. It would have been a Migrant Hawker, I am pretty sure that is the only big one still on the wing in November but I couldn’t get close enough to properly confirm that, which was disappointing.

Back to being childish…

FizzOh dear Fizz. How did you get so wet?

Dogs, Fields and Wild Roses

Well I was walking the dog around a field yesterday when we came upon that marvellous hedgerow full of Honeysuckle, It also had, in equal abundance, two species of native rose. Rosa canina and Rosa arvensis, the Dog Rose and the Field Rose.

I thought that finding them both together like that would be a good opportunity to point out the differences in the two plants. (and also post some pretty pictures of flowers)

Although superficially similar, they are both pale coloured roses that grow in the hedgerow, they are pretty easy to tell apart.

This is Rosa canina and it is pink.

Rosa CaninaAnd this is Rosa arvensis and it is white.

Rosa arvensisSimples.

But then, this is Rosa canina and it is white…

Rosa caninaIf it is not clear what colour your flower is then I would look at the buds where the colour is concentrated. Whilst the Dog Rose can fade to white, the Field Rose is always white and never pink.

The buds of a Field Rose look like this. (pure white)

Rosa arvensis Rosa arvensis Rosa arvensis Rosa arvensisThe buds of Dog Rose look like this.

Rosa canina Rosa canina Rosa canina Rosa caninaThe sepals that surround the bud are a bit different too but we don’t have to worry about that because there is another big difference right in the middle of the flower that sticks out like a sore thumb.

The styles of the Field Rose join together to form a column in the very centre of the flower.

Rosa arvensis Rosa arvensisThe styles of the Dog Rose are free.

Rosa canina Rosa caninaSo one is pink and one is white, let’s look at the flowers. (Bet you look at the styles)

Field Rose, Rosa arvensis.

Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis.

Dog Rose, Rosa canina.

Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina.That’s it for roses until next time. I am very fond of rose hips. Thanks for looking in.