rge amounts of Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) are coming into flower in Edford meadows. This is a annual plant that is semi parasitic on grass species, and its name becomes obvious when you listen to the ripe seed heads in the wind.
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.
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.
A Cuckoo spit was on many of the Buttercup plants across a large patch