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
Many of the fields towards Benter are Blazes of Yellow, as sheets of Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) come into flower. This can been seen in both the “improved” (fertilised) and unimproved (natural) pastures.