One of the things people know most about Australia is that it has all kinds of critters that can kill you. I like to regale my workmates with stories of the creatures that were part of my life in Oz: spiders, biting ants, biting flying creatures, snakes, leeches. Sometimes people would tell me that the British Isles do have snakes: the adder. To which I like to retort, “That may be so but Australia has a death adder. Ha ha, we win.”
English flowers, however, are very, very cool. And one of my favourite of the English natives is the snake-head fritillary. And if you’ve never seen a snake in your life, I guess its patterning looks a bit snake-like.
This is the only fritillary I have seen in real life and I guess I may not be seeing any more as I will be departing these verdant shores ‘ere winter arrives. These bloom in early Spring and they are already gone now.