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Yippee!! Frog spawn (though not from the garden).

Several clumps at 'Comma' stage, seen near Looe on Valentine's Day (some friends also reported finding lots of spawn across Dartmoor the same day):





Nearby, i scored a personal first for an interesting and beautiful plant species too.

The 'regular' form (itself classed as 'uncommon' or 'local') of Toothwort Lathraea squamaria is parasitic on Hazel. The shorter and less frequent Purple Toothwort Lathraea clandestina occurs in a different habitat - very damp woodlands - because the host is usually Alder or Willow:












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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chubsta Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2019 at 6:21pm
very nice!

lots of frog activity here but no spawn as yet
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At the comma stage! So that must be a week or two old by now.
Love the purple toothwort. Have only seen the other sort in hazel/oak woods in Yorkshire. A magical sight as it was everywhere I looked. Never seen any since.
I now feel a bit embarrassed posting this image which I took a few minutes ago, as we now have spawn images. I didn't know it was there as I just shoot off shots and then come indoors and look at them on my laptop. It is a warm night at 9degC so I was surprised not more frog action. 



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Just been out for another pond look and found the above frog, or one very similar, in the same spot but closely snuggled with another frog! Hurrah!
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No need to be embarrassed at the quality of the photo - this is the best I can do (too cold to be wandering around the garden...) I count 9, but it is very cold out there...


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Nine wow! Lucky you.
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"A magical sight as it was everywhere I looked." Wow, i've only seen Toothwort a handful of times and never in profusion! What a spectacle that must have been. I've read that the species is declining though i don't know why - Hazel is as common as ever of course.

Checked the garden last night and things were hotting up. Quite a few frogs now including some pairings and the animals in my larger pond were making quite a commotion with their calling. I must get a sound recording of it this year!




Spring is springing.
Love hearing your updates, please keep em coming folks (anyone else?)!
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