Fields of Yellow Ragwort.

The land where I walk is currently unmanaged and there are large areas of this bright yellow plant growing along with areas of thistles so a real haven for insects.

Ragwort is a tall plant that grows to 90cm high and bears large, flat-topped clusters of yellow daisy-like flowers from July to October. It contains chemicals that are toxic to cattle. So it is often removed on farmland where cattle graze.

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Ragwort supports many species of bee, beetle and other insects including the cinnabar moth, meaning it is important to conservation in the UK.

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Bees.

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cinnabar moth caterpillars.

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Brown and Green Grasshoppers.

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