Fritillary

Nice to see this little chap bobbing about in the (very) high wind today – always a pleasure to get up close.P1000481 These things have wonderful patterns and such an elegant and fragile feel to them. Harbinger of Spring proper! P1000490(Along with the House Martins, and saw my first pair of those today too -tho’ yet to hear the cuckoo).

Fritillaria meleagris is a species of flowering plant in the family Liliaceae. Its common names include snake’s head fritillary, snake’s head (the original English name), chess flower, frog-cup, guinea-hen flower, leper lily (because its shape resembled the bell once carried by lepers), Lazarus bell, checkered lily or, in northern Europe, simply fritillary.

From Wikipedia

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