May on the Isle of Skye


7 May 2014 . . . . Kylerhea Road . . . . The second orchid species of the year and a new fungus.
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Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath Spotted Orchid)
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Mitrula paludosa (Bog Beacon)


8 May 2014 . . . . More new moths.
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Red Twin-spot Carpet (Xanthorhoe spadicearia)
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Nut-tree Tussock (Colocasia coryli)


12 May 2014 . . . . Found a large (c.30) colony of Orchis mascula this morning and later saw my first Orange-tip of the year on the walk out to Irishman's Point.
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Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid)
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Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines)


13 May 2014 . . . . Beautiful weather, though not particularly warm. Started the day with a new moth and ended it with a new beetle. The beetle was at Kinloch, where I also saw more Orange-tips, my first Speckled Wood of the year and a couple of Tree Pipits.
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Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita)
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Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris)


14 May 2014 . . . . Lots of these moths around at the moment:
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Common Heath (male) (Ematurga atomaria atomaria)


17 May 2014 . . . . Spent this morning exploring the area between the deserted village of Cill Chriosd and the main road. The Beech Fern was quite plentiful in the woods. Later I saw a flock of around 20 Golden Plover on the open ground above the woods.
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Phegopteris connectilis (Beech Fern)
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Golden Plover


19 May 2014 . . . . After checking the moth trap (under attack from midges), I went back to Cill Chriosd and found a specimen of Green Spleenwort to add to the FERNS page. The Kidney Vetch is not particularly rare, but I don't often see it. This one is growing outside my house!
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Pebble Prominent
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Galium odoratum (Woodruff)
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Asplenium viride (Green Spleenwort)
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Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney Vetch)


20 May 2014 . . . . A nice day so a few butterflies were on the wing (Green-veined White, Peacock and Orange-tip) and various other insects:
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Lucilia sp. (a Blowfly)
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Sericomyia lappona (a Hoverfly)


23 May 2014 . . . . Out walking the dog and spotted a giant caterpillar:
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Lasiocampa quercus f. callunae (Northern Eggar moth)


24 May 2014 . . . . Boreraig and Suisnish

On the way back from Suisnish saw a Large Red Damselfly and a Four-spotted Chaser.

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Large Red Damselfly
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Four-spotted Chaser


25 May 2014 . . . . U3A Nature Group outing to Balmacara Woods. We had a lovely walk and found newts and this rather striking beetle:
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Dictyoptera aurora

There are only two records for this species from Western Scotland and both of those date from the 1970s.


26 May 2014 . . . . I had a walk out to Irishman's Point and recorded a very varied flora including 3 species of Speedwell and an early flowering Cranesbill.
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Veronica filiformis (Slender Speedwell)
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Geranium sanguineum (Bloody Cranesbill)


27 May 2014 . . . . Kyleakin Hills
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Saxifraga stellaris (Starry Saxifrage)


28 May 2014 . . . . Dog walking on the outskirts of Broadford
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Craneflies mating
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Clouded Border
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Common White Wave


30 May 2014 . . . . Three new moths in the trap this morning.
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Bordered White
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Pale Prominent
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Scalloped Hazel