We were down at Eastbourne today. There were a lot of 6-spot burnet moths up at Beachy Head, and a number of marbled white butterflies – I don’t think we saw one up there the same week last year, although there were a lot the year before. On the other hand, there were loads of chalkhill blues the last couple of years, but they were a bit sparse this year. Marble whites will not settle down and be photographed though.
Here are a couple of nice flowers on the cliff top – the pink one looks like an orchid, but the stem is wrong. I shall look it up at some point.
Might even look up the yellow one too.
Down in the Nature reserve at Rye Harbour, there definitely were some orchids; these a pyramidal orchids I think. There were quite a few of these around, although I don’t remember seeing any there before. Admittedly we are there just a few days earlier in the season than usual, but I think the cool, wet Spring along with loads of intermittent sunshine has skewed the season a bit; whether earlier or later I can’t tell. The bi-colour one is a bit strange …