The soldiers are marching in the meadow, 8 June 2014

Well marching might be a slight exaggeration, maybe limping would be a better description. I'm referring to Suffolks only colony of Military Orchids at the Rex Graham Reserve near Mildenhall. Sadly this years open day is slightly late and most of the numerous plants were well past their best. At least 20 Common Twayblades were also seen together with Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor Dragonfly and the first Large Skippers of the year.

A walk later at West Stow CP had us marvelling at the largest numbers of Banded Demoiselles I've ever seen and plenty of Common Blue Damselflies along the River Lark. Trying to get some photographs wasn't easy though! My 1st Small Heaths of the year were also out.

Military Orchid

Military Orchid

Military Orchid

Common Twayblade

Large Skipper

Common Blue Damselfly
Banded Demoiselle

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