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14-07-2018, 13:33   #1
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Snapping sound coming from gorse bushes. What is it?

On a walk today I noticed a fairly loud snapping sound coming from the bushes / hedges, which looked primarily like gorse bushes.

I'm wondering what it was, some insect, or a plant? Is it a result of the drought?
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14-07-2018, 13:37   #2
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ps. Also there were a lot of thistles in bloom.
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Seed dispersal is by ejection from the pod in warm weather when a distinctive "cracking" sound will be heard. The seed is quite heavy so it is not wind-dispersed, usually landing a short distance (2m / 6ft) from the parent plant.
https://www.brickfieldspark.org/data/gorse.htm
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