"Ma feet micht be big, but the insects are safe" Michael Marra
Speckled Wood near the River Tummel, May 2022
Always great to see toads gathering in March!
Small Tortoiseshell with lid of bin providing a colourful contrast!
Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)
Northern Eggar moth (male) which brightened a poor day's fishing!
Garden Chafer (many here in June this year)
Disgusting but interesting! This is a crab spider on - yes - a dog's poo, waiting for a fly to arrive! Usually crab spiders are found blending in with the petals of a flower.
(Maybe it should be called a Crap Spider?!)
Candle snuff fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon) on tree stump
There were quite a few Woodcock in the local forest last winter. Even saw a couple feeding in our snow-covered garden on a couple of nights. The signs of their activity were quite
apparent in the morning.
Calocera viscosa, a jelly fungus, bringing a splash of colour to the December forest floor
Leopard Slug in the garden. Fabulous markings!
A Pill Bug (NOT the common woodlouse)
Summer 2019 was great for butterflies!!..............
Comma - view of underside showing the wee white mark which gives this butterfly its name
Painted Lady on Buddleia in the garden
Dark Green Fritillary also in the garden. Gorgeous!
Hoverfly at Himalayan Balsam
The wasp-like stripey pattern of hoverflies is designed to scare off would-be predators. In fact, hoverflies do not sting - so please don't swat them!
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