|What a beauty - Close up of the Dark Red Helliborine - Variant "Lutescens" viradis|
(Photo kindly by: Martin and Elaine Haggart) - Please click over photo to enlarge
But it can now also be recognized for such splendid specimens of the rare variant of the Dark Red Helliborine named the "Lutescens". On my last blog I showed photos of the rare "Lutescens (red sepal)" this being only the second record of it in the whole of Cumbria. If that was not enough, can you imagine the beautiful surprise of finding another, but this time it is a specimen whats even rarer in so much that it contains mainly Green with that creamy/yellowy flowers and this particular type of "Lutescens" (green sepal) has never been recorded before in Cumbria and possibly further afield as well.
|Showing the full length of the rare green sepalled|
"Lutescens" (Click over to enlarge)
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Other news: The Burton In Kendal Swift group (4 of us) had a really enjoyable evening last night and it was good to be able to record that two further nest sites are being used again this year, although previously we had not recorded any birds using these sites, so that was a nice bonus. Plenty in the air last night doing their screaming, did manage to count around the 20 mark! Anyone interested in joining us to check out the Swifts come along next Friday we are meeting up at the Burton Memorial Hall at 2100hrs.
|Golden Ringed Dragonfly seen yesterday|
(photo: A Brown - Dorset Dragonfly Group)
Butterflies on the wing today - Still mega numbers of Ringlets, Meadow Browns, lots of Dark Green Fritillaries, Common Blues (mainly males), odd Small Bordered Fritillaries but all seem almost washed out and pale in colour.