The flowers of Greater and Common Knapweed are stunning on local grasslands at the moment - and the insects are loving it. Many types of bees and bugs can be seen gorging on the nectar of the attractive flower-heads, so engrossed that they often ignore the distraction of a large camera being thrust at them.
The name Knapweed is interesting - as it's usually found on chalk, is the plant merely a pointer to the knapable flints that lie beneath it, or is there a closer link?
A small cluster of white knapweeds were seen today - an local aberation or an interloper species, I wonder?
Knapweeds are part of the vast thistle family, and so is a relative of the Musk or Nodding Thistle, below.