Fox-and -cubs is one of my favourite wildflowers. Its Latin name is hieracium aurantiacum, but it is also known as Devils paintbrush, orange hawkbit or Grim the collier. The reason it gets the name fox-and-cubs is because of the way the unopened flowers hide under the larger opened ones. Rather like small fox cubs hiding under the vixen.
I have several of these flowers growing around my wildlife pond and I took this video. If you look carefully you can see small whirligig beetles swimming on the surface of the pond.
"Love Skye-Love Nature-Love Life"
Skyenatureblog.com provides an artistic journey through the seasons, describing the natural beauty of the island through, prose, poetry, art, photographs and videos. I hope to give readers a taste of the Skye experience.
I hope you enjoy the journey
The Isle of Skye has dramatic mountains, wild glens and amazing seascapes; it offers a varied wilderness for free spirits. There is an abundance of hidden places full of native trees, wildflowers and wildlife to enjoy, in peace and tranquility. This sensational Island changes constantly through the seasons, with wild Atlantic storms, snowy mountains and balmy Summer nights with spectacular skies. The Summer wildflowers provide a colourful feast for insects, which feed the many species of songbirds, both native and Summer visitors.
Devils Paintbrush ?? Great image.
Thank you. I think the dark water really shows up the intense orange colour.