Sunday Sightings

Whilst some of you were parading your local streets to celebrate Her Majesty, the Queen’s 90th birthday, I was on Collard Hill keeping an eye out for all those butterflies come wind, rain or sunshine (more wind and rain than sunshine today though).

The butterflies I saw today included; Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Common Blue, Painted Lady, and just one Large Blue sadly.

If you are using the YHA car park then you are most likely to have seen all of these orchids about:

Common Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid

Common Twayblade

Common Twayblade

Fragrant Orchid

Fragrant Orchid (possibly)

Greater or Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Butterfly Orchid (not sure if it is Greater or Lesser)

Final note: Don’t forget to check the weather forecast before heading to the site over the next few days.



8 thoughts on “Sunday Sightings

  1. Ah, you’ve helped me out with the orchid id’s!!! I found the spotted and twayblade on Boxhill during the week. The spotted is easier to spot purely from its colour and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a profusion of them on the hill before! The twayblade is tiny! I almost walked right by the first one. Wished I’d taken my tripod out to get better macros but quite happy to have seen them and got some good images.

  2. The butterfly orchid in your pic is greater butterfly due to pollinia inside the flower splayed apart and not parallel with each other.

  3. The plant in your pic marked as fragrant orchid is in fact a variety of a common spotted orchid called Dactylorhiza fuchsii var rhodochila. An excellent find! It’s a variety I come across only very rarely on my botanical travels in the UK for the past 30 years.

  4. Great to meet you yesterday Abbi, thanks so much for being there to point us in the right direction to find butterflys… and orchids!…..particularly when the weather was so changeable. We had driven over from North Devon so were very happy to see the sun and some butterflys come out 🙂 We saw 5 or 6 Blues in the end. Definitely worth the visit. Will send you some pics 🙂

  5. Even though the Dactylorhiza var I see rarely it has been recorded from various parts of the UK from fellow botanists as well as those who just do orchids.

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