|the Orange tipped butterfly in the centre of the photograph|
|One of my favourite oak trees|
The gall is a wasp which lays eggs on a bud and the grub lives inside the oak apple or gall. The ball is formed by the secretions made by the growing wasp. Eventually the insect grows from egg to grub to insect and I expect eats its way out. The ink is made from the galls boiled and some source of iron. Under this small tree I picked up the two tiny oak leaves. We found a different place where lots of young oak trees have seeded from acorns from a larger tree. The sun was shining and I loved seeing all the red glossy lady birds as they crawled in the oak leaves.
|Two of the beautiful red ladybirds in the oak leaves|
We were lucky enough to see a birds nest, well the expert spotted it and took the picture from quite a distance, but you can see the young birds.
|A little face looking out of the nest|
Of course it is bluebell time, so I took a slow walk through the flowers and enjoyed the moment.
And the scented blossom on a Crab apple tree
So here is my page in my square book of the underside of the Orange tipped butterfly and the two little oak leaves and a single red berry which I found. The berry is in such good condition having survived the winter. I found it in the grass under the Hawthorn tree which is now covered in fresh green leaves and buds ready to burst into the white flowers which will eventually be the red berries again at Autumn time.
And I painted a butterfly on a brown tag.
As always thank you for the lovely comments which I love reading. Millyx