With heavy showers forecasted for the afternoon , I set off early in search of my first flowering orchids of the year . From the car park , it is a good walk to the site , a woodland on the edge of farmland , and being reasonably high , the cool morning wind made it feel very un-Summerlike . As with visits in previous years , the Early Purple Orchids were found amongst the swathes of Bluebells , all rushing to do their thing , before the canopy closes . As is intimated in the name , this species of orchid is mainly coloured purple , but at this site , white and pink specimens also can be found .
I didn't count the spikes , but would estimate over 100 in flower , with more to open . Having had my fill , I moved on to a sheltered grassland site managed by LB Bromley , in the hope of finding some butterflies on the wing during the brief sunny spells , but failed to find any , I did however find another two Early Purple Orchids growing out in the middle of the site , I'm not sure if they have been recorded before there , I will have to get in touch with the Rangers at High Elms and check that out . No butterflies , but two tiny Pyraustra sp. day flying moths , also known as Mint Moths , were
found . These can be very variable , so I've read , and with my track record with moth ID , fear to put a full ID to them , but would suggest P.aurata or purpuralis for the first and possibly P.nigrata for the
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