|Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus., on Wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare. Hutchinson's Bank, 21 July 2015|
Last year, when I walked around, the bottom path was little more than a muddy trench, but this time all was dry and pleasant. The chalk flora is lovely, and here is a typical specimen, a Wild Marjoram. It's aromatic, like so many of the Lamiaceae, and moths and butterflies love it. This butterfly is a Gatekeeper, and although this was supposed to be a plant post, as there is already a butterfly here I will show what the upper wing surface is like.
|Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus. Hutchinson's Bank, 29 July 2015.|
|Nemophora metallica on a Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis. Hutchinson's Bank, 21 July 2015.|
|Wild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa. Hutchinson's Bank, 21 July 2015.|
|Tufted Vetch, Vicia cracca. Hutchinson's Bank, 29 July 2015.|
|Marsh Thistle, Cirsium palustre. Chapel Bank, 29 July 2015.|
|Wayfaring-Tree, Verbena lantana. Hutchinson's Bank, 29 July 2015.|