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May 2013

posted 14 Jun 2013, 02:02 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 14 Jun 2013, 07:24 ]
The Green is looking beautiful at the moment with swathes of plants in flower. This year the pignut and buttercups, interspersed with speedwell, are prolific and are putting on a lovely display. Well worth a visit, especially on a sunny day. The pignut is an interesting plant as it is a member of the carrot family and is typically found growing in areas where the grassland has been undisturbed. It has a tuber about the size of a hazelnut, which is supposedly quite tasty, although I have to say I have not put this to the test!
Orange tip butterfly
Another fantastic photo from Bob Russon. This time of an orange-tip butterfly feeding on some lady's smock and showing off its beautiful, but less seen, underside of its wing. Normally these butterflies can be identified by distinctive orange tips on the top-side of the wing, which are very visible when flying. I think you will all agree though, that the underside is equally as stunning.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group
Common Orchid
Some common spotted orchids are also growing quite well on the Green at the moment. So far I have seen about half a dozen. Let's hope they are able to flower this year and put on a good display for everyone's enjoyment.