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Dune Helleborine
As it was a very good forecast today I decided on a trip to Messingham in the hopes of capturing some butterfly and dragonfly images. The forecast proved to be correct and it turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 340C. Although I was pleased to see large numbers of brown hawkers and some southern hawkers, it was so warm that they were constantly on the move and so photography was impossible. I did manage to find and photograph common darters but butterflies were again few and far between with only gatekeepers being on the wing in decent numbers and photographable. I also found a comma butterfly which was good to see. The highlight of the day, however, was to find and photograph the rare dune helleborine that occurs here. This is a type of orchid that generally is only found at Newborough Warren on Anglesy and in the north west of the country.