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Bug and flower Please

Observed: 15th August 2012 By: KendigbyKendigby’s reputation in PlantsKendigby’s reputation in Plants
Bug on flower

This plant flowered for many weeks, even months on the edge of a bridle path among mixed deciduous woodland.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Rose Campion (Silene coronaria) interacts


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ID comment

The bug looks like a Speckled Bush Cricket

lavateraguy's picture


Another copy of the image could be uploaded in the invertbrates category, where an identification can be provided.

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Damn the way they keep changing names, I was shouting "Lychnis!" at the screen. Until I read the ID notes, well done Stewart, the voice of reason.

Lychnis coronaria, in my experience, normally has white flowers, but every so often you get one plant producing these brilliant cerise blossoms.

They self-seed madly, so next year you might find white ones, as well as this cerise one.

Rachy Ramone

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lavateraguy's picture

varieties and names

The cerise form is the wild type, and is in my experience the commonest both in cultivation and in the wild. I don't find that they self seed as persistently as some other plants (e.g. Digitalis purpurea, Oenothera glazioviana, Verbascum thapsus, Borago officinalis and Myosotis sylvatica), and I lost it from my garden.

The white form is cv. 'Alba'. There is also a white-eyed form (Oculata Group).

As for the move from Lychnis to Silene I don't think I've read the relevant bit of the literature, but what I understand happened is that Silene and Lychnis are like Malva and Lavatera - you can't draw a line between them which respects the tree of descent.

Name changes will continue for another decade or two until botanists run of plants to sequence DNA from. It will take a bit longer for horticulturalists to catch up. (For example a lot of people are still referring to Abutilon vitifolium, but that's been in Corynabutilon for a long time.)

Kendigby's picture


Only been doing this a couple of days and am amazed at the speed of reaction to my posts. Thanks to all.

Ken Digby

lavateraguy's picture


The suggestion was to put up another copy in the Invertebrates group, rather than edit this observation from Plants to Invertebrates.

DavidNotton's picture

correct group

please correct group to plants, this observation is marked invertebrates group.

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Plants again now.

Ken Digby