Sunday, 8 May 2011

Small Copper butterflies, Valerian and Guelder Rose

The cattle still haven't been brought onto the common this year and so as a consequence of the lack of grazing, we are enjoying a fantastic show of flowers.
Including this mass of Marsh Valerian.

Marsh Valerian
Valeriana dioica

Which appears to be a haven for small copper butterflies.

Small Copper
Lycaena phlaeas

Wind blown Cotton-grass


And in the hedge we found this stunning Guelder Rose, just starting to flower.

Guelder Rose
Viburnum opulus