Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Flowers and butterflies

This incredibly hot spell has really brought on the flowers and insects. Skomer looked more like the end of July last Wednesday with large areas of brown dry grassy hummocks but with the bluebells trying to come through. The rain we had on Sunday night will have given them a much needed refreshing drink.

The clifftops are entering their best phase with spring squill, sea campion and thrift coming into full bloom. Stackpole NNR looked superb on Monday with a carpet of wild garlic in parts of the woodland and the paths lined with primroses and herb robert. The road verges have numerous orchids in flower including early purple and common spotted.

Butterflies seen today included peacock, speckled wood, red admiral and numerous orange tips.

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