Marsh Fragrant Orchid - just one found on Culverhole Point but it looked great and smelled fantastic!
Fragrant Orchid has been split into three different species - Chalk, Heath and Marsh. They all look pretty much the same but grow in different conditions. It's interesting to compare this with the hundreds of Chalk Fragrants Kev and I saw in Hampshire on Saturday. They were all well into flowering or even just past their best whereas this Marsh Fragrant is yet to fully open. To my eye this seems less pink and a little more mauve. It was growing in a wet 'flash' on the landslip.
I was fully focused on finding Marsh Fragrant Orchid so to find dozens of Marsh Helleborine flowering on Culverhole Point was a brilliant surprise. They're just gorgeous.
Twin-barred Knot-horn Homoeosoma sinuella.
Bee Orchids provided a back-up cast to Marsh Fragrant, Southern Marsh, Common Spotted Orchid and Marsh Helleborine. What a place!
Some odd orchids amongst the Southern Marsh - perhaps some hybirds involverd?
A plain and very pale Southern Marsh or hybrid?
A densely-flowered and very fulsome Marsh Helleborine.
Lots of Diamond-backs on Culverhole Point. Good numbers of Silver Y and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth also pointed to ongoing immigrant activity. This pair of diamond-backs is resting on Sea Kale.
Wasp species - possibly Box-headed Mason Wasp Gymnomerus laevipes - thank you Nick.
Southern marsh Orchid.
Marmalade Hoverfly on Wild Carrot.