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Blackthorn blossom, South Somerset

Shrub in a hedge

Blossom at the end of a twig

5 petals, 20 stamens


Single green style, capitate stigma

Leaves and young fruits 

Sloes and thorns



Short thorn

Long black thorns outlined against a white web

Brown-tail MothCaterpillar webs in May 2018.

The leaves have all been eaten.

Brown-tail Moth Caterpillars within their web

Brown-tail Moth Caterpillar on a warning notice

Warning notice, Durlston Country Park and

Nature Reserve, Swanage, Dorset