What is Patton's Tiger?

I have been immersed in natural history since I was 18 and started work at the (then) Wildfowl Trust at Arundel. I met, worked and lived with some brilliant naturalists and a lifetime's obsession was born.
Birding was followed by mothing and the height of 'achievement' was obtained when a moth was given the above vernacular name in recognition of the fact that I trapped the first British record.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Some Hampshire Botany

There is a long-standing colony of Field Cow-wheat near Portsmouth. Rumour has it that it was planted by a postman, many years ago. Introduced or not, it is a gorgeous, stunning plant. It was only just starting to flower.

Not quite in flower, but one of three spikes of Knapweed
Broomrape found on Portsdown Common, Hampshire.

Small-flowered Catchfly grows on a roadside verge near Bordon.  Being a typical urban site, you have to avoid treading in the dog faeces when taking photographs :(

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