Thursday, March 22, 2007

The first flower of 2007

Rather to my surprise a flower opened this morning on the false hamate-lobed dandelion (Taraxacum pseudohamatum). The same plant flowered 24 days later, on 14 April, last year. Climate change? I doubt it, dandelion flowers seem to vary considerably in regard to when they appear.

I identify these Taraxaca to microspecies level if I can using the BSBI Dandelion book, but the results from the key are not always conclusive. T. pseudohamatum seems a clear enough form though.

The fly enjoying this spring treat is a sallow fly, Egle sp.

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