Nature Notes from Skye
(and occasionally other places)

Sat 2 Oct 2004

The weather outside has been pretty poor for some days now, but luckily we have some indoor wildlife...

Artogeia rapae caterpillar
  Artogeia rapae chrysalis   Artogeia rapae butterfly

I found this caterpillar on my kitchen door (an internal door) on 16 Sep, when the picture was taken.  A few days later it became a chrysalis, and yesterday this Small White butterfly emerged from it.  It moved from door to window but showed no inclination to leave for the outside world for well over 24 hours, but it did finally disappear out of the open window, while I wasn't watching, late this afternoon.  The weather outside will not be to its liking.

This morning four of us went on an expedition to look at the Soft Shield Fern which was discovered on Skye for this first time earlier this year.  Fortunately, despite the dreadful forecast, it was not raining while we visited the plant - or rather plants, for several more clumps were found - and so I was able to take photos.

Polystichum setiferum   Polystichum setiferum

For such a conspicuous plant it's surprising that no-one had discovered it before, and makes you wonder what other species have eluded all the local and visiting botanists and are still waiting to be found on the island.

Polystichum setiferum   Polystichum setiferum

Finally a couple of moorland mushrooms.

Hygrocybe calyptriformis   Cystoderma amianthinum possibly

The first is the Pink Waxcap, Hygrocybe calyptriformis and I think the second may be the Earthy Powdercap, Cystoderma amianthinum.



All photos and other content copyright Carl Farmer