In praise of the Dandelion

The recent warm weather has been excellent for pollinating insects; here’s a superb close-up of a bee visiting a Dandelion flower…..

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The Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is generally regarded as a weed, but it’s a shame to dismiss it thus.  It’s an important nectar source for a number of insects (particularly Bumblebees), especially early and late in the year when other flowers may be scarce.   Its also a food plant for larvae of the White Ermine Moth, and its seeds are eaten by finches.  Dandelions are also of interest to foragers and herbalists, and all parts of the plant can be used.  It’s also a beautiful flower when examined up close, as in this photo – taken today by Nic Cairns at Ecoworks Community Garden.

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