I had noticed this patch of flowers, in various shades of lilac and pink, from the bypass, but couldn't work out what they were. Investigating them, I found a few of these apparently parasitised Large White caterpillars.
|Parasitised Large White Larve|
I also came across this strange looking caterpillar, which turned out to be that of the Orange Tip. It was where you would expect to find it if it was on Lady's Smock, in amongst the seed pods, but on Hesperus, it was a few feet higher off the ground. Due to the breeze, which seemed to be concentrated by the bridges, I had great difficulty in getting any sharp images of this one.
|Orange Tip. It was around an inch long|
Amongst the Hesperus were a number of plants of Red Campion, which were already producing their urn shaped seed heads and in these, feeding Pooh Bear-like on the seeds, I found around a dozen of these fat caterpillars.
|The Lychnis, feeding on Red Campion seeds|
These turned out to be The Lychnis, which is a little surprising as the moth is also on the wing at the moment.
That little diversion took up most of my hour and I didn't find much on the Cables site. If you decide to explore this patch, Martin, beware the wasp's nest, close by, in the bank of the railway bridge abutment.