Friday, 29 March 2019

Botany Outing to le Moulin de Malicorne, April 2018


This comes under the heading of 'things we never said' ie these photos are from a botany outing I never got round to blogging about back in the spring of last year. The moulin (mill) is situated in the valley of the Courtineau, between Sainte Maure de Touraine and Saint Epain. It is the home of Gaëlle, her Irish husband Declan and their Golden Retriever, Hacker.

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Left, Castor Bean Tick Ixodes ricinus (Fr. Tique du mouton) and two Ornate Cow Tick Dermacentor reticulatus, right. The place was crawling with ticks, and at the end of the outing Gaëlle spent some time removing a number from Hacker.

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 Ramsons Allium ursinum (Fr. Ail des ours). 
I picked a bunch to make my annual batch of wild garlic sauce.

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Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris (Fr. Caltha des marais).

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Gaëlle pointing out a rare moss to Chantal and Jean.

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Sweet Spurge Euphorbia dulcis (Fr. Euphorbe douce).

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Marie-Claude and Chantal search for lichens.

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Male Violet Oil Beetle Meloe violaceus (Fr. Méloé violet).

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Male reed beetle Plateumaris sericea on Ladys Smock Cardamine pratensis 
(Fr. Cardamine des prés).

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2 comments:

Rhodesia said...

Interesting post and I see you have Sweet spurge here instead of the Sun spurge that I found. Have a good week Diane

Susan said...

Sweet spurge is rare. The most abundant one here, especially at the moment is Wood Spurge.

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