Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)

Thu 2 Jun 2011 Dunollie

Trees damaged by wind-burn

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.

Adalia 10-punctata

Adalia 10-punctata

  Adalia 10-punctata

Adalia 10-punctata

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.

Phaonia pallida   Cionus scrophulariae

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.

Pentatoma rufipes, mid-instar nymph

Forest Bug, mid-instar nymph.  Several of these were seen on Raspberry leaves.

Leucanthemum vulgare   Veronica officinalis

A clump of Ox-eye Daisy and a remarkably dense stand of Heath Speedwell on the cliffs below Dunollie Castle.

Pleuroptya ruralis leaf-rolls   Pleuroptya ruralis caterpillar

These nettle leaf rolls hide the blue-green larva of the Mother-of-pearl Moth.



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