Nature Notes from Skye
(and occasionally other places)
Sat 14 Aug 2004
In Strath today, engaged on fruitless search for various special plants that I'd seen there in the past and now wanted to photograph. Sweltering hot day. Not many photos.
This Bolete was at Torrin, at the foot of a limestone wall, and if Boletes have to grow on tree roots then this was undoubtedly on Hazel, the only tree or shrub nearby. The underside was yellow, becoming reddish-yellow in the centre (the lower middle picture shows the stem-underside join inverted and in sunlight). All interior parts of it turned blue instantly when exposed. Stipe very fibrous inside. Looks very much like Boletus luridus, which is often found on Hazel roots.
On such a calm day the Spear Thistle down just piled up instead of floating away on the wind. Moved on to Drinan, where the blue-flowered Skullcap is plentiful on the shore.
I didn't find what I was looking for at Drinan, but marvelled at the diverse vegetation of the Ash woods there, which included the uncommon Bearded Couch-grass, whose totally straight stems looked very stately in real life but weren't visible against the background in a photo, so we have to make do with this close-up of the inflorescence, which is similar to normal Couch-grass but has long awns. The picture on the right is typical of the cliff scenery there and shows a Rowan with ripe red berries, and to the left of it the blue flowers of Devilsbit Scabious.
At Elgol found two specimens of the Knot-grass Moth Caterpillar, the first eating the flowers of Soft Rush and the second eating Meadowsweet leaves. Thanks to Stuart Dunlop for the ID.
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