Nature Notes from Skye
(and occasionally other places)

Sun 4 Jul 2004

Allt nan Leac, south of Torrin.  Rain stopped play, but not before I got a few pictures.

Maniola jurtina   Coenonympha pamphilus

Two butterflies, the Meadow Brown, left, resting on the ground, and the Small Heath, right, a much closer view than the one we had on 25 May.

Abraxas grossulariata   Zygaena filipendulae

And two moths.  Left, the first Magpie Moth of the year, unmoving in the heather, presumably just emerged from its chrysalis.  Another two were seen close by, soon there will be thousands of them fluttering over the hillsides.  On the right, the 6-spot Burnet.

Pinguicula lusitanica   Saxifraga aizoides

Two flowers of alkaline flushes, the Pale Butterwort, left, and the Yellow Saxifrage, right.

Rubus saxatilis   Juniperus communis ssp nana

And two fruits of limestone rocks.  The Stone Bramble, left, and the Juniper, right.  Both are unripe; the first will turn red and the second dark blue.

I also found some Lapland Marsh Orchid, like those in the 21 June pic.  They were not previously known from this area and have now been added to the record.

Selaginella selaginoides   Cordulegaster boltonii

Another frequent plant of damp limestone ledges is the Lesser Clubmoss, above left, showing its yellow spore-cases behind the upper leaves.  On the right, the Golden-ringed Dragonfly.  There were also several very large dark dragonflies skimming over the heather, but they never stopped to rest so I couldn't tell what kind they were.  (later: these will have been Common Hawkers)

Pedicularis palustris   Sedum anglicum

That was about it, then the rain set in, but just before I got to the car it stopped briefly and I took these pictures of Marsh Lousewort (left) and English Stonecrop (right).