Tuesday, 30 June 2015

What's small, not very pretty and seldom seen?

a Fen Orchid

This was one of four found today at Kenfig, after a two hour search of a rather large dune slack filled with Southern Marsh, and Early Purple Orchids and 100's of Marsh Helleborines.

There were dozens of Dark Green Fritilaries, Ringlets, Meadow Brown's Large and Small Skippers fliting around the dunes. Dragons and Damsels represented by Emperor, Four-spot Chaser, Common and Ruddy Darter, Common Blue and Blue tailed Damselflies.

Both 5 and 6 spot Burnets were on the wing.
If you click on the photo, you can just make out the rather substantial dark border to the hind wing, ruling out Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet.

One 6-spot had an unusual merging of some of it's spots


  1. You been busy martin and nice shot and nice pile stuff mate

  2. Really pleased to get the Fen Orchid, it might not be a looker, but it is pretty special.

  3. Yes martin a cracking Orchid and one i yet to see mate.