Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
23-31 Mar 2011 Taynuilt - some moths that came indoors
Four Early Greys paid a visit, including these two variant
forms: the first has a pinkish tinge and the second does not have the oval
joined to the kidney mark.
These two are frequent visitors and can look similar when
worn: Mottled Grey and Early Tooth-striped.
A Shoulder Stripe and a Double-striped Pug. Just one
each of these so far.
The Hebrew Character has been the commonest moth visitor in
March, along with the Mottled Grey. The Twenty-plume Moth can appear at
any time of year.
View of a ceiling recess in the building where I live, with
cobwebs and peeling plasterboard - oh, and a hibernating Small Tortoiseshell
butterfly that has been there all winter. Update - it left on 4 Apr or
early on the 5th.
The red blisters on the Bramble stem are galls caused by the rust fungus Kuehneola uredinis. The upper one is beginning to open to release the orange spores, which are shown in close-up in the lower picture.
The moss cushions on Ash are Ulota phyllantha and Ulota
bruchii. U phyllantha (top half of pic) reproduces by gemmae which are the dark brown
in the head of each shoot. U burchii puts up capsules which are initially covered by a hairy yellow calyptra that
falls off when the spores are ripe so that the capsule can release them.
In the pic some still have the calyptra and others have shed it, showing the
ribbed capsule. The leaves of both these species become very curled and
crisped when dry, as seen here.
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