Monday 4 April 2011

Flowers before leaves

A patch of dune at Machir Bay contained two plants whose flower spikes appear well before any leaves; the purple Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) and the yellow Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). One spike of the former was being fed on by a bumblebee, but without a view of its rear end, I'm not 100% certain which species.

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