Anty Meridian

Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Sunday 25th April 1999

ants in sundial A YOUNG CHILD has moved a friend's sundial, which rests on a large terra cotta plant pot. As I rotate it to show the correct time (half past XI), I am attacked by small red ants which have a nest in the plant pot, a nest which probably extends below ground through the drainage hole.

cuckoo flower male orange tip Cuckoo Flower, or Lady's Smock, grows in a marshy area in Thornhill Park. For the first time we see Orange Tips in flight, a butterfly which lays its eggs on this plant. Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacocks are also on the wing.

goldfinches With flashes of yellow wing-bars, two pairs of Goldfinches fight it out amongst the ivy-covered oaks of a country lane.

Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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