25th June 2020 – Snippets of Wealth – PALE ST JOHN’S WORT (Montanum) also Caterpillar eating ANGULAR SOLOMONS SEAL (Odoratum) plus…

25th June 2020 – Snippets of Wealth – PALE ST JOHN’S WORT (Montanum) also Caterpillar eating ANGULAR SOLOMONS SEAL (Odoratum) plus…

I set out today to check out another pavement, but this time within Lancelot Clark Storth were the Hybrid No.1 specimen resides. Sadly it has gone – completely! it was OK a month or so back when I checked, but some little blighter has taken it down.

It was interesting on my way up checking out some of my Odoratum populations (Angular Solomons Seal) and this was what I wanted to photograph.  Who had been responsible in most years for eating through the plant and only leaving a frame, sometimes looking much like a “filagree” living sculpture, well today I caught him (in action) chomping away to his little hearts content…… also a couple of photos showing two separate populations which obviously are both being affected.  At least credits due he does not bother any of them until they are well past their best in most cases, I really do not want him having a bash on the berry laden ones.

Caterpillar attacking Polygonatum odoratum (Angular Solomons Seal)

Been attacked by caterpillar (shown above)

Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

Polygonatum odoratum (Angular Solomons Seal)

Been attacked by caterpillar (shown above)

Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

Polygonatum odoratum (Angular Solomons Seal)

Been attacked by caterpillar (shown above)

Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

Another one on my agenda today was to check out the Pale St. John’s Wort (Hypericum montanum) which we have on Lancelot on Hutton Roof (CWT).  


It started off very bad and have been despair, but despair soon turned to joy and I will try and explain. First checking the strong population which in past years have grown to flowers of almost a metre, but last year the stems were well reduced and I am sure this was on account of the previous 2018 drought and they are struggling to recover. This year when I checked them about 6 weeks ago they seemed to be on course, but today it was obvious they would not make it, there is a possibility of one of the four could do a small version but we will see!


Then I checked another 3 little sites we have in the grykes, and again just stunted seedlings, but again in one of the usual 4-6 group, just two had made it.


Then checked out a new population for this year and half of the group seem to be romping on well, so obviously this brightened the occasion and it gets even better.


Whilst in this particular part of the pavement I thought I would go and check out Hybrid 1, which I had checked a month or so ago when it was doing well, but today absolutely nothing, so I took photos and checking them noticed there had been some growth but chomped off low down into the gryke, obviously had succumb to a Brown Hare!


On my way back along the pavement I was stopped in my tracks having found another lovely “montanum” population of a grouped nine plants, so again this was great news and here are a few photos to digest.


Note with all our Hutton Roof populations the leaves are translucent or have perforations within them, and this is not the regular thing with Montanum, in which every handbook of reference seems to say they should NOT have perforations on the leaves, so there you go we must have a HUTTON ROOF SPECIAL amongst us, maybe it’s yet another hybrid which has brought along Perforatum, or Pulchrum or even Hirsutum. 


The first main lot of Montanums:


Hypericum MontanumPale St. John’s Wort
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

 Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020



Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020


And now I can show the second population only found today:


Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
A new population found today
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

 Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
A new population found today
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020


 Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
A new population found today
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020


Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
A new population found today
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
A new population found today
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020

Hypericum Montanum – Pale St. John’s Wort
A new population found today
Photo: Lancelot, Hutton Roof (CWT) on 25th June 2020


I had collosal amounts of butterflies today, more than I have seen for many a year.  The main turn out happened to be Ringlet which must have had a massive hatch for there to have been so many from several different sites.  Also good numbers of Meadow Browns and brilliant to see so many Small Tortoiseshells eventually starting to make a resurge! also I had lesser numbers of Large Skippers and Common Blues.  And quite a few fritillaries which all turned out to be Dark Greens.  And what about these two in the next photo, they came past josting and stuck together whilst summersaulting before landing in a nearby tree, which gave me opportunity to take a few photos from beneath, but it was hard work with the tree swaying in the wind all the time. 


Large Skipper Butterfly

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