Monday 16 August 2010

Fairy Flax and Grayling

Now for something more palatable . . .

Also at Kilinallan was the diminutive Fairy Flax (Linum catharticum). I love this tiny flower because it is so unassuming. You could easily overlook its delicate white petals besides other bigger and more garishly coloured flora, but it's there and it's beautiful, so go and look . . .

A lot of the butterflies are fading in colour now as the season progresses, but this Grayling (Hipparchia semele) posed beautifully for a photo atop a Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis). This butterfly species prefers coastal areas and always rests with its wings closed.


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