June on the Isle of Skye


3 June 2014 . . . . Great excitement when I went out to examine the moth trap this morning - my first hawkmoth!
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Poplar Hawkmoth
There were actually two of them - male and female. Had five other new species as well: Small Angle Shades, Lunar Thorn, Fox Moth, Buff-tip, Broom Moth.

Later I went out to check on our best local site for Northern Marsh Orchid, and found some quite well advanced.

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Dactylorhiza purpurella
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Dactylorhiza purpurella


4 June 2014 . . . . Suardal
Went in search of Frog Orchids and Red-throated Divers today. Found neither, but did find my first Small White Orchid and a few other things as well.
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Argent & Sable
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Northern Eggar
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Neottia ovata (Common Twayblade)
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Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine)


7 June 2014 . . . . One new moth this morning.and later saw my first Golden-ringed Dragonflies of the year.
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Shears
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Golden-ringed Dragonfly


8 June 2014 . . . . No Frog Orchids yet, but here's the next best thing:
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Common Frog


10 June 2014 . . . . Walked the Moll road today and found five species of orchid in flower.


11 June 2014 . . . . On the Kylerhea road

My first Moonwort, plus two orchid shots from yesterday. These are both subspecies pulchella, which has a pink form (more common on Skye) and a purple form.

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Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort)
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Dactylorhiza incarnata (Early Marsh Orchid)
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Dactylorhiza incarnata (Early Marsh Orchid)


13 June 2014 . . . .

I recently spend some time visiting three local populations of what used to be known as Dactylorhiza lapponica, but has now been renamed
D. traunsteinerioides subspecies francis-drucei (Narrow-leaved Marsh Orchid). The variation I found within and between the three colonies was considerable:

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17 June 2014 . . . .

Weather continues warm, dry and sunny and the first Common Blues have appeared. Didn't manage any photos so these are two old ones.

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Common Blue (female)
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Common Blue (male)


20 June 2014 . . . . Went to visit the loch where I photographed a Red-throated Diver last year and my luck was in. It's also a good spot for damselflies.
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Red-throated Diver
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Common Blue damselfly


22 June 2014 . . . . These are both very common, but still worth photographing.
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Epilobium montanum (Broad-leaved Willowherb)
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Myosotis secunda (Creeping Forget-me-not)


24 June 2014 . . . . Luib to Torrin to Strollamus to Ard Dorch

The annual explosion of Magpie moths has occurred in the last couple of days. There were hundreds of them as I walked through Srath Mor and almost as many in Srath Beag. As I walked home from Strollamus I was delighhted to see a Red Admiral - a rare sight these days.

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Magpie moth


26 June 2014 . . . . Two new moths in the trap this morning:
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Middle-barred Minor
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Map-winged Swift