The chalk grassland slope at Yoesden is pretty big, so it felt a little bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. It was a very enjoyable search though!
There were thousands of common spotted orchids growing everywhere, along with pyramidal and fragrant orchids. I even found a very soggy looking bee orchid.
|Common spotted orchid, but not a Rhodochila|
|Rhodochila between two 'normal' common spotted orchids|
|Either a small or large skipper (not sure which)|
|Marbled white sharing a scabious flower with a longhorn beetle and some |
|Black striped longhorn beetle|
|Dance fly (I think)|
|Not much left!|
There were several beetles crawling on the carcass as well as nearby, which I think were a type of burying beetle and will have helped to clear up the remains of the deer.
What a fantastic place that has surprised and delighted me once again.