Gunton Wood and Meadow, Suffolk, 31 July 2018

Armed with some good directions from a friend I went in search of orchid no.38 of the year, Broad-leaved Helleborine  in Gunton Wood near Lowestoft today. They proved easy to find, indeed I saw a total of c15 plants at 3 different locations. One in particular was an absolute monster and another was close to being var.viridiflora/chlorantha being small, pale and with no pink/purple on the lip, just green. It did however have a dark inner hypochile ruling it out.
Also there were 2 Brown Hawkers, numerous Gatekeepers, Comma, Small White and some rather good looking hoverflies which I have been happy for others input to the id! The first one in particular was huge and I mistook it for a Hornet initially!

Broad-leaved Helleborines in all their guises


Volucella zonaria

Myathropa florea

Helophilus hybridus

 Eristalis nemorum

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