At Westbrook Hay, in the NE region of Bovingdon Reach meadow, the beautiful Bee Orchids (Ophrys apifera) have returned. There are good numbers again this year, at least 50+ although it could be double that as I've really not done a thorough count.
|Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)|
There were also a few spikes of what I think is Common Broomrape (Orobanche minor), a parasitic plant, probably feeding off the nearby Clover. One of the Bee Orchids is just within frame (on the left).
|Common Broomrape (Orobanche minor)|
Butterflies and moths of note in the NE region of Bovindgon Reach:
8 Meadow Brown
12 Common Blue
3 Yellow Shell
2 Burnet Companion
1 Large White
On the river Bulbourne yesterday, by Bulbourne Meadow, Damselflies included a handful of Common Blue (Enallagma cyathigerum), 3 Blue-tailed (Ischnura elegans) and a female Red-eyed (Erythromma najas).