March on the Isle of Skye


3 March 2016 . . . . A walk in Coille Gaireallach near Broadford produced a nice collection of lichens as well as a couple of liverworts.
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Pertusaria pertusa (Pepperpot lichen)

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Menegazzia terebrata (Tree Flute)

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Pyremula occidentalis (Orange Pox lichen)

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Hypotrachyna laevigata (Smooth Loop lichen)

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Pannaria rubiginosa (Red-eyed Shingle lichen)

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Graphis scripta (Script lichen)

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Probably Frullania dilatata (Dilated Scalewort)

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Plagiochila porelloides (Lesser Featherwort)


6 March 2016 . . . . Concentrating on lichens again today, this time at Tokavaig.
Lichens reproduce both sexually and vegetatively.

In foliose lichens, sexual reproduction results in spore-producing 'apothecia' (the orange/brown discs).

Vegetative reproduction involves the production of either 'isidia' (tiny nodules) or 'soredia' (coarse granules) along ridges on the surface and on the margins of the 'thallus'. When these become detached they are carried by the wind and will give rise to a new thallus if they fall on to a suitable substrate.

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Lobaria pulmonaria (Tree Lungwort)

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Dimerella lutea

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Degelia cyanoloma


9 March 2016 . . . . Another interesting lichen - this time from Armadale.
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Leptogium burgessii


14 March 2016 . . . . Not many moths around yet. The one I am seeing regularly is the Dotted Border.
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Dotted Border


15 March 2016 . . . . Had this at the window last night:
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Pale Brindled Beauty