A quick lunchtime walk today revealed that the second pyramidal orchid on campus has now bloomed, wow a population of two! A very unfamiliar purple plant has also appeared on the grassland; common carders love it but I have no idea what it is. Maybe some sort of woundwort? Answers below.
Of more note, is the appearance of our resident teasel and thistle loving fairy creatures from Lothlorien, the 5 spot burnet moth. Why our campus attracts so many 5 spotters, and no 6 spotters, is something completely beyond me, but as July goes on they will become endemic, forming spotty clusters on the big flowering teasel heads.
I guess I rewrite a version of this blog post every year, but I don't regret it. Just to another excuse to show some very pretty insects!
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