Sunday, 23 February 2014

Week 42: December Moth ('Poecilocampa populi')

The December Moth was @SpeciesofUK from 18th November to 8th December, 2013.

The December moth is a fairly common species of moth found across the UK.[1]

December Moth
[Wikimedia Commons © Walter Schön]

The flight time of the December moth, as its name suggests, is late in the year. It can be found from late October to December.[2]

Week 41: Chub (‘Squalius cephalus’)

The Chub was @SpeciesofUK from 4th to 17th November, 2013.

Squalius cephalus, the European Chub, or ‘chub’ for short, is a freshwater fish from the carp family.[1]

[Wikimedia Commons © Karelj]

Chub are popular with UK anglers who consider them to be one of the wiliest of our fish.[2]

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Week 40: Chickweed (‘Stellaria media’)

Chickweed was @SpeciesofUK from 28th October to 3rd November, 2013.

Common chickweed, Stellaria media, is one of the UK's commonest weeds.

[Flickr Creative Commons © David Illig]

It is an ephemeral species requiring only around thirteen weeks to flower and set seed. It can appear throughout the year.[1]

Friday, 14 February 2014

Week 39: Wood Mouse (‘Apodemus sylvaticus’)

The Wood Mouse was @SpeciesofUK from 21st to 27th October, 2013.

The wood mouse is a rodent from the Muridae family (mice, rats and gerbils). Muridae is the largest mammal family in the world, containing over 700 species.[1]

Wood Mouse
[Flickr Creative Commons © Isfugl]

The wood mouse can be found across Europe from Iceland to Ukraine. It's also native to the northern coast of Africa in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.[2] 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Week 38: Dunlin (‘Calidris alpina’)

The Dunlin was @SpeciesofUK from 14th to 20th October, 2013.

Dunlins are waders that form massive winter flocks in the UK. They are known for the black bellies they develop in their distinctive breeding plumage.

[Source: Flickr Creative Commons © talis qualis]

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Week 37: Wormwood (‘Artemisia absinthium’)

Wormwood was @SpeciesofUK from 30th September to 13th October, 2013.

Wormwood is a herbaceous plant known for its medicinal uses and powerful essential oils.

[Source: Flickr Creative Commons © anticlimax]

It’s famous as one of the main constituent herbs in the spirit Absinthe.