Near Cranham and south towards Slad in Gloucestershire there seems to be a hotspot. I have seen are at Sheepscombe, Bulls Cross, and on Cranham Common. On Sunday I went to another location in that general area, Butterfly Conservation's Strawberry Bank reserve.
|Angle deg.||Length mm||Distance mm|
Note that the viscidia are the sticky pads at the bottom of the pollinia stem (caudicle). These are what attach the pollina to visiting insects to effect pollination.
On this particular example the subtended angle was larger than others I found there.
Looking for hybrids I had less success when trying to find them again in 2 locations where the BSBI database has records. At Bix, in BBOWT's Warburg reserve, Greater are scattered throughout, though never plentiful. There are just a few Lesser, actually growing close to Greater, but there were no hybrids. Probably not enough of both parents.
Llynclys Common in Shropshire is another site where there is a record and I called in on my way home for relief after a challenging day (and a purple haze in front of the eyes, as anyone who has been there will know) looking at the marsh orchids at Ynys Las. Llynclys Common is a Shropshire Wildlife Trust reserve, and I found Greater among bracken and bramble, in small numbers but with no sign of Lesser or any hint of hybridisation.