Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Bird’s Foot Trefoil is a common plant of grassland.
Lotus from the Greek lotos ‘a kind of clover’; and Corniculatus (Latin) ‘in the shape of a horn’ because of the shape of the seed-pods – which also give the plant it’s common name as the clawlike seed-heads look very much like a bird’s foot.
Another common name is ‘eggs and bacon’ because of the yellow and orange flowers.
The flowers are loved by bees and are a valuable foodplant for the caterpillars of the common blue, silver-studded blue and wood white butterflies.
Photographed on Llanymynech Hill – and with silver-studded blue butterfloies on Prees Heath Common.