The rich rural scenery of North Fife, Scotland, provides variety from the historic city of St Andrews and the quaint harbours of the East Neuk of Fife. A Royal Palace in Falkland, a Folk Museum in Ceres, a National Trust Mansion House near Cupar, Balmerino Abbey, Lindores Abbey, Newburgh, Dunbog, Glenduckie, Creich, Birkhill, Ballinbreich, Abdie, Upper Flisk and more in beautiful North East Fife. Also the occasional wander.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Great Willow-herb, Epilobium hirsutum is a flowering plant belonging to the willowherb genus Epilobium in the family Onagraceae. It is commonly known as the great willowherb, great hairy willowherb or hairy willowherb. Local names include codlins-and-cream, apple-pie and cherry-pie. Erect and and softly-downy found along stream and riversides, pond edges, marshes and in this case near a ditch on the roadside to Newburgh North Fife. Sometimes it grows around my pond, this year not. Along with Rosebay Willow-herb it is the food plant for the Elephant Hawk moth, a most beautiful moth and one of my favourites.
Large Elephant Hawk Moth captured for the photograph and then released.