Pale Buttercup

Cuckoo spit

The dairy farm to the east of Nettlebridge is still up for sale, and hence the fields are ungrazed and the grass now very long.  The steeper slopes of these fields are covered in sheets of Buttercups.

Large patch of Buttercups on the slopes of an ungrazed field
Large patch of Buttercups on the slopes of an ungrazed field

I noticed today that most stems of the Buttercups have Cuckoo spit on them, not sure I have seen such a bit concentration before.

Cuckoo spit is a white frothy liquid secreted by the nymphs of a sap-sucking insect known as a Froghopper.  Each ball of froth contains a light insect nymph around 5mm long.  Needless to say the froth has no connection with Cuckoos.

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