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Viper’s Bugloss is unusual as it is the name for two entirely different things:
1 A common European plant "Echium Vulgare" also known as Blueweed, which has rough, hairy leaves and the flowers start off pink but turn blue as they mature;
2 A European moth "Hadena Irregularis" which flies from July to August, believed extinct in the UK due to loss of habitat;
So despite sounding a bit sinister, it’s just the name of a couple of nature’s minor oddities.
"Oh look, Viper's Bugloss!"
"Which? The plant or the moth?"
by AKACroatalin April 16, 2015
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