Sunday, 1 April 2012

Very Early Spider Orchids

No, not an April Fool's joke..... there really are Early Spider Orchids flowering at Samphire Hoe.
Very small, just an inch high, but the flowers are starting to show.
I checked the rifle range at Kingsdown but there was no sign even of leaf rosettes, but that's not too surprising as it's in the grip of north winds from the long-established weather system.
Coltsfoot is dotted around brightly, attracting honey bees
and flies:Their identities will, however, remain a secret, as life is too short to track them dowm - sorry.

Brimstones are out, and I saw my first orange tip of the year during the week. This brimstone is considering the new season's fashions - do I look better with yellow, or with violet?
Adders are apparently abundant on the Hoe, but we didn't see any in the chilly morning, but this picture was taken last weekend up-county where the weather has been warmer.


Wren said...

Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Greetings from Canada. My grandparents on my father's side were born in Kent.

NW Nature Nut said...

Beautiful orchids! You find the best wildflowers. We have bee flies that look a bit like that too, although I haven't seen any yet this year. Happy Spring!