Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Tue 22 Jun 2010
The green-eyed fly is Xyphosia miliaria. It lays eggs in Creeping Thistle flowerheads.
Fri 25 Jun 2010
The moth is a Map-winged Swift that ventured in through my window.
Sat 26 Jun 2010 Lochan a'Bhuilg Bhith, near Oban
Very interesting loch and adjacent marshland with a rich and varied vegetation. Lots of damselflies, though very few dragons proper, just 3 or so Four-spotted Chasers. Those shown here are Blue-tailed Damselflies, in tandem. The female belongs to the colour form rufescens-obsoleta.
Remarkable number of moths about despite the dull conditions.
Managed to get usable photos of a few. This is a rather worn Buff Ermine.
The Beautiful China-mark and the Brown China-mark were rather
Forester Moth on Ragged Robin.
The Reed Beetle Plateumaris sericea s.l. on Marsh Cinquefoil.
I can't tell whether it's P sericea s.s. or P discolor, but as these are
sometimes regarded as a single species I'm content to lump them.
Even the ditches are full of Yellow Water-lilies. From the
loch I walked back along the forestry track to Glencruitten. This moth was
a new one for me, the Gold Swift, taken in very poor light unfortunately, on
Cocksfoot with cuckoo spit.
Aslo in the forestry was this Red-necked Footman on dead
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