Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Sun 23 Oct 2011 Glencruitten
These Green Earthtongues were in the Cathedral of Trees at
Glencruitten, spotted on an outing with Lorn Garden Club. It was the first
time I'd seen any green species of earthtongue, and these were impressive specimens,
much larger than I would have expected. The photo is taken using flash but
the colour is as accurate as I can make it, quite a bluish green.
Tue 25 Oct 2011 Tralee
A SNHG recording field trip. On the way down to the beach we found Cow Parsley in full second flowering, not just basal side-shoots as are sometimes seen in autumn. The warm conditions have persuaded a number of plants to flower again.
The Dark-scaled Honey Fungus (Armillaria ostoyae) was found by
Richard in turf, doubtless attached to the roots of nearby trees.
Among the Marram we found Gipsywort, with its seeds shining
in their calyces, and Sheepsbit Scabious still in flower.
The Beechwood nearby had numerous Winter Chanterelles,
also these Elfin Saddles (Helvella lacunosa) found by Jill, only the second
The sands of Tralee
Back home and a couple of late-season moths came through the window...
The Red Sword-grass, above, and the Feathered Thorn, below.
20-25 Nov 2011 Taynuilt
Even later visitors included this male December Moth with its
feathered antennae, and a Mottled Umber. Also many November Moths (not
shown) have been at the window, mostly too worn to confidently tell
from other Epirrita species, but those which can be identified turn out to be the November
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