Fragrant Evening Primrose - Oenothera stricta
More Fragrant Evening Primrose and Hare's Tail Grass - Lagurus ovatus
Staying on the Hare related theme this is
Hare's Foot Clover -Trifolium arvense
This very imposing looking Dock is if I'm not mistaken the introduced Greek Dock - Rumex cristatus
Shining Cranesbill - Geranium lucidum
Duke of Argyll's Teaplant - Lycium barbarum
The fruit of this plant is the recent 'fad food' goji berries.
Bittersweet - Solanum dulcamara
The common but very lovely White Campion - Silene latifolia
Sand Catchfly is very difficult to spot and certainly took some finding. The 'shocking pink' flowers are small but the seed heads are pretty conspicuous
Sand Catchfly - Silene conica
You can see how it gets its scientific name
A very pretty flower close up.
Next stop was on Exmoor for Heath Fritillary. It was still a bit on the early side when I arrived but the sun was out and it was feeling quite warm already. There were lots of Brown Silver-line Moths and Green Hairstreaks on the wing but I had to wait a while before I spotted a Heath Fritillary. I only saw four in total, but having said that I didn't wander all that far from the car as I needed to save my energy for the next site. By the time I saw a Heath Fritillary the morning had gotten pretty warm and they were very active and so not allowing much in the way of photo opportunities. Best of all I spotted an elusive female Wood Tiger.
A female Wood Tiger
Heath Spotted Orchid
My next destination was a secluded valley somewhere on Exmoor where I was hoping to see a colony of Large-flowered Butterwort, an insectivorous plant native to south western Ireland but introduced here around 1970.
It's down there somewhere!
It was truly idyllic
I didn't see or hear another person the whole time I was there, I did see a lovely male Redstart and an equally if not more lovely singing male Whinchat.
And here he is.
When I found the colony of Large-flowered Butterwort I struggled to find any in flower. Perhaps I was a bit late in the season or perhaps most of the flowers had been nibbled by sheep. Eventually I managed to find a single flowering plant.
It's easy to see where the surrounding vegetation has been nibbled.
Large-flowered Butterwort - Pinguicula grandiflora
(Aka Great Butterwort)
Creeping Forget-me-not - Myosotis secunda
A late Cuckoo Flower - Cardamine pratensis
Pyrenean Valerian - Valeriana pyrenacia
And staying on the pyrenean theme my final site was one where Pyrenean Lily has been growing on the local hedge-banks for probably a hundred years or more. It really is quite a breathtaking display!
Pyrenean Lily- Lilium pyrenaicum