Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Thu 2 Jun 2011 Dunollie
The recent storm turned tree leaves brown all along the west
coast. It will be interesting to see which of them manage any fresh growth this year.
We found large numbers of ladybirds on a patch of docks and
nettles under a Sycamore. Possibly they, or the leaves and branches they
were on, got blown off the tree in the storm, though if so why don't they just
fly back up? These
are all 10-spot Ladybirds, a very variable species which I had not seen before,
though it's quite common. The ones in the lower two photos have unusual
patterns on the pronotum; that in the top left picture is typical. Orange,
Larch and 7-spot Ladybirds were also present.
This orange fly Phaonia pallida was with the ladybirds.
The Figwort weevil Cionus scrophulariae was on a nettle leaf with no Figwort
near. It is common in the area on Figwort, often with its even smaller
relative C alauda.
Forest Bug, mid-instar nymph. Several of these were seen
on Raspberry leaves.
A clump of Ox-eye Daisy and a remarkably dense stand of Heath Speedwell
on the cliffs below Dunollie Castle.
These nettle leaf rolls hide the blue-green larva of
the Mother-of-pearl Moth.
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