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These weeds are huge, you can see my gloved hand for scale. And no that is not my hairy knee the beautiful fly took a rest on
18th Jun 2007, 22:20  

lovely set of photos, especially like no 2

18th Jun 2007, 22:59

Spiderbaby says:

Ooh very nice :) Giant hogweed by any chance? Hope you kept your gloves on - that stuff can be nasty.

And I've had my little book out and I reckon your damselfly is Ischnura elegans.

18th Jun 2007, 23:04

Viv says:

they are quite dramatic - in what way are they nasty?

19th Jun 2007, 00:35

paintist says:

very very nice set....

19th Jun 2007, 07:57

Geodyne says:

Fabulous set. It looks like a lovely day, too.

19th Jun 2007, 09:07

viv - Giant Hogweed is a phototoxic plant. Its sap can cause photodermatitis, skin inflammations when the skin is exposed to sunlight or to UV-rays. Initially the skin colours red and starts itching. Then blisters form as in burns within 48 hours. They form black or purplish scars, which can last several years. Hospitalisation may become necessary. Presence of minute amounts of sap in the eyes, can lead to temporary or even permanent blindness. These reactions are caused by the presence of linear derivatives of furocoumarin in its leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds. These chemicals can get into the nucleus of the epithelial cells, forming a bond with the DNA, causing the cells to die. The brown colour is caused by the production of melanin by furocoumarins. In Germany, where this plant has become a real nuisance, there were about 16,000 victims in 2003 (from wiki)

19th Jun 2007, 10:31

minkey says:

Was going to ask the same thing as Viv, as it seems hogweed has also become a nuisance in the UK, but not too sure what it looks like.
Lovely set of pics

19th Jun 2007, 11:57

FilbertFox says:

i did keep my gloves on. I try never to touch any plant unless i know it is 'safe' so many of them bring me out in rashes, geraniums, tomato, and my lawn for example

19th Jun 2007, 15:31

Spiderbaby says:

It's easy enough to spot when full grown because it gets to 5-6 feet tall. You know it when you see it! Earlier on though, it's harder to tell it apart form the its relatives.

19th Jun 2007, 23:35

MaggieD says:

Lovely set of pics (even though they are nasty evil, rash inducing plants) ...... hope the training is going well :)

22nd Jun 2007, 22:13

alicat9 says:

oooh, nice pics - what a great capture of the
damselfly too. Been chuckling at your comments around the site for the past week or so too :)

23rd Jun 2007, 12:16

FilbertFox says:

Alicat9, glad to have amused you!

23rd Jun 2007, 13:56

JokerXL says:

Lovely nature shots FF,
but you really should get the razor on those legs, fairly put me off me dinner that did!

23rd Jun 2007, 17:59

FilbertFox says:

you shave yours and I'll shave mine

23rd Jun 2007, 18:27

JokerXL says:

Now, wait, er, jussaminnit, I'll 'av you know I was a "tankie" in the army (hence the "XL") , never a commando.

23rd Jun 2007, 19:15

FilbertFox says:

so no deal then?

23rd Jun 2007, 23:03