Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Sun 5 Jul 2009 Portavadie to Eilean Aoidhe
The Brown China-mark moth on a birch leaf. I was here to
do some plant recording in the far south of the vice-county. The first
thing I noticed was that Common Centaury is frequent in the Portavadie area,
though scarce in most of Argyll.
Another plant I don't often see is Lesser Hawkbit, but it
was abundant in a couple of roadside gravel patches here. The outer florets are
purplish grey beneath.
The road from Eilean Aoidhe to Stillaig produced some surprises.
As well as giving me my first sight of an Adder in Argyll - it didn't stop for a photo - the verge and ditch had
several interesting plants including
the tiny Chaffweed, rather out of focus in this photo, and vast amounts of Water
Best of all was the rare Marsh St John's Wort. I was a bit early for it as it only had this one flower partly open, but the broad frosted leaves were present in quantity, a pleasing sight.
The standing stone is near the path from Pollphail to Low Stillaig.
Mon 6 Jul 2009 Ballachuan, Seil
Just three quick pics from a walk I helped to lead as part of the
Festival programme. A Silver Y Moth on a Meadowsweet leaf, some
mystery eggs on a rush stem (all suggestions welcome) and one of the many
Painted Lady caterpillars that are eating their way through our Creeping Thistle
population following the massive invasion of adult butterflies at the end of May.
Tue 7 Jul 2009 Musdale area
It's not often you see albino Thyme, but here it is along with
the normal kind. Not often you see a proliferous flowerhead on Deergrass
either. Every stem in the tuft had one.
Plants from the richly vegetated margins of East Loch Cnoc
Philip: Least Bur-reed and Bog Sedge.
Water Lobelia from the same loch. On a heathery bank near
the loch edge, this Golden-rod Pug caterpillar was eating Tormentil petals.
Thanks to Reg Fry for help with identifying it.
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