Matching Up

Sunday, February 25th 2018

It is good when sorting through photographs you can find some that fit together. 

Out walking around the reserve we spotted an old Robin's Pincushion Gall.  The tiny holes from where the wasps emerged could easily be seen.  It is the only gall that has multiple chambers.

Robin's Pincushion Gall

This looks totally different to the gall that we see during summer, growing on the rose stems.

Robin's Pincushion Gall

Hazel has been in flower for some time but the Grey Alder catkins are just opening. 

Male Grey Alder catkin

Looking carefully the female flower was also found.

Female Grey Alder flower

Once fertilized these will develop into the brown cones.  The ones shown below are last year's and all the seeds have been dispersed.

Brown cones of Grey Alder

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