5th September 2016

Scabious-whether you have the wild Field Scabious (shown here) and Devil’s Bit Scabious in your garden, as we do, or any of the garden varieties, these late summer flowers will attract insects- Butterflies, Bees, Hoverflies and Bee mimics, Micro Moths or smaller flies (see photos). Scabious were named under the ‘Doctrine of Signatures’ practice used by early herbalists, whereby plants with a similar look to an illness were thought have power to treat that condition. The rough, hairy stems and leaves of Scabious led it to be used in treating scabies.

Micro Moth on Field Scabious

Micro Moth on Field Scabious

Small insects feeding on Field Scabious

Small insects feeding on Field Scabious

Meadow Brown on Field Scabious

Meadow Brown on Field Scabious

Bees and Hoverflies feed on Field Scabious

Carder Bee and Hoverflies feed on Field Scabious

Conditions: Cloud and some sun.  Temperature: Max 19- Min 17C.

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