Monday, 18 July 2011

Orchids of the Edge

There has been a good display of Orchids on Wenlock Edge as usual this year, species that can be found include, Pyramidal, Common Spotted, Greater Butterfly and Bee Orchids. These species can be seen along the woodland edge and in our species rich Limestone Grassland. Good places to go looking are, the path that runs along the top of Lea Quarry and the car park on the outskirts of Much Wenlock.
Bee Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid

Some Orchids are more easily overlooked as they are a little less showy and grow in the woods these include Violet Helleborines and Twayblade Orchid which have yellowish-green flowers which look like a human, so although they don't stand out particularly well they are interesting once found.
There are plenty of other wildflowers to see at the moment including, Nettle Leaved Bellflowers, Ladies Mantle, Dyers Greenweed, Crosswort, Salad Burnet and Knapweed.

I also spotted a Robin's Pincushion recently which is a growth on rose's that i caused by a tiny Gall Wasp. The wasp lays its eggs on the stem of the rose and as the larva feed on it the rose reacts by producing a moss like ball around it. there is more information about them here.
Robins Pincussion on Dogrose

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