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Common Frog tadpole

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is returning to the life cycle of the Common Frog (Rana temporaria).

My last post showed three recently hatched tadpoles on the remains of the frogspawn.

The tadpoles have grown considerably. Their external gills have disappeared and they now resemble a fairly typical tadpole.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Frog tadpole
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Recently Hatched Tadpoles

This week my Flora and Fauna Friday post is continuing my look at the life cycle of the Common Frog (Rana temporaria).

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of some frogspawn in a garden pond.

The frogspawn is now hatching, these tadpoles are on the remains of the frogspawn. They’re recently hatched and are less than a quarter inch (6 mm) long. They will have to grow considerably before they develop into froglets and leave the water.

Young tadpoles have external gills, visible on the side of the head on the tadpole on the left.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Recently Hatched Tadpoles
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Male Orange Tip Butterfly

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is a follow-up of sorts to last week’s post, Bluebells.

This is a male Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) feeding on Bluebells in a cottage garden at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Found throughout Europe and temperate Asia, in the U.K. it is another sign of spring. The female does not have the orange tip on the forewing.

Friendly Friday: Re-imagine Orange
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Bluebells

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) a bulbous perennial plant.

Found in Atlantic areas from north western Spain to the British Isles. The plant is associated with ancient woodland and is regarded as a sign of spring. This display of Bluebells was photographed on a woodland section of Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Bluebells
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Common Frog frogspawn

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is continuing the story of the Common Frogs (Rana temporaria) in a garden pond at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Last week the adult frogs were mating. This is the result, frogspawn in the pond. Each black dot will hatch into a tiny tadpole.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Frog frogspawn
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Common Frogs mating

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is a continuation of last week’s post of a male Common Frog (Rana temporaria) croaking to attract a mate.

This week a pair of Common Frogs are mating in a garden pond at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. This is known as amplexus, males develop nuptial pads to help them clasp the female. This allows them to kick away rival males.

Flora and Fauna Friday: 12th March 2021
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Common Frog

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Common Frog (Rana temporaria) found throughout much of Europe as far north as Scandinavia and as far east as the Urals.

Other common English names include the European Common Frog, European Common Brown Frog and European Grass Frog.

This is a male croaking to attract a mate, their throats turn pale/white in the breeding season. Males take up residence in a suitable breeding site and croak to attract females.

This individual was photographed in a garden pond in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Common Frog