The weather forecast for last Thursday indicated it would be sunny and warm, so I planned to do my (belated) first butterfly survey for the year. Unfortunately, at lunch time on the day the weather bureau changed their minds. More storms were coming through. I decided to risk it. Storms here can be very localised, and with luck would miss me.
They are the very first French wild orchid species I ever saw, down in the Charente, where they are common on roadsides. You don't get a good sense of the scale in photos, but the flowers are tiny, only a few millimetres across. I think they look like little clowns in their buttoned down the front romper suits.