If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may remember that back in 2014 I studied a larch tree in Craiglockart Dell for Tree Following. You can see from this post how I recorded the development of the flower into a cone over the course of a year, and in March this year I photographed a larch flower at an earlier stage than I'd ever been able to before. I feel as though I know this larch tree pretty well, so was quite sad to see this last week
Sure enough this week I saw the aphids themselves - you can see them hanging from the branch in the centre of the photo below with more of the white stuff on the right.
I took a photo of one of this year's young cones on the larch
they can be quite elusive here, even though in the meadow at the other end of the Dells they are regularly present in large number.
The lime (linden) trees are also in bloom and smell wonderful
Also I was pleased to be able to capture this distinctive looking wasp on film, it was very active,
I think it's Haemorrhoicus crassigena but am waiting for confirmation on that.
The wildflower meadows in Spylaw Park are looking beautiful at the moment
Love Parks Week!