Gentian and Bee

A walk in the warm sun in Ashdown Forest on open heath was full of colour . Yellow and purples everywhere . However this deep blue Gentian caught my eye and that Of a bee who was literally diving into it.

The inside of the flower is completely obscured by the backside of the bee.

This is a Marsh Gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe) found in lowland heaths and acid grassland. This is a species in decline.

A brilliant blue and a lovely find.


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