I spent yesterday clearing nettles from the garden (which actually stung me though the gloves, I forgot how much they hurt! Note to self: get some more gardening gloves…) when I came across this little snippet of nature. On a dock leaf — yes, I was going to rub my hand with it until I saw what was taking place — there was a bit of a war going on.
Dock beetle larvae (I believe!) and ants — I’m unsure of whether ants eat the larvae but they were everywhere!
I watched them a while and then left them to it. I always leave a patch of grass and weeds untended, and even though my stinging hands would itch most of the day it wasn’t worth disturbing the creatures that had claimed the dock leaves!
The #30DaysWild challenge that The Wildlife Trust organise is all about reaffirming ourselves with nature, and taking the time to spend at least an hour a day enjoying what she has to offer. When you sign up to take part you receive: a wall chart to plot your progress, some wonderful wild stickers, a leaflet absolutely full to the brim of ideas you can use for your own experience and a packet of wildflower seeds so you can create your own little patch of wild this month. Sign up here to apply for your own pack!