17 March is a very early record for this newly emerged Green-veined White butterfly out and feeding at Bliss Gate in unseasonally hot sunshine.
Although the male Hazel catkins are conspicuous in springtime, the small red female flowers are more difficult to spot. Both can be seen here.
The centipede Lithobius variegatus is commonly found in Wyre. This one posed nicely when we found it under a log. This species preys on woodpice and millipedes, usually hunts at night, and is distinguished by the dark bands on its legs and along its back.
Tony Simpson spotted evidence of larval feeding of the uncommon micro moth Nemapogon clematella (Tineidae) in the ascomycete fungus Hypoxylon fuscum on dead Hazel in Corbets Park. The adult flies between April and August.
The Hard Shield Fern is seen here growing on the bank of Dowles Brook. It differs from the more commonly seen Soft Shield Fern by having stiff rigid leathery fronds, and sessile pinnules that run together.