Today was pretty decent, weather-wise at least. I took myself down to the pier and noticed a small cushion of English Stonecrop which I must have walked past innumerable times. This proved to be entirely new to the tetrad, nicely filling a 'hole' in its distribution along this part of the Skye coastline. I would have taken a better pic if I'd known that at the time.
|No idea how I could have missed such a huge patch beforehand...|
The only reason I spotted it in the first place was due to the fact that I'd clambered down some rocks and was papping 'seaweed' for a little challenge that's happening on the local nature group's Facebook page (we're to take a pic of a bird, a moss, a lichen, a seaweed etc etc). Nobody had put anything up on the 'seaweed' category so I put this one up. Three species for the price of one here
This shows Egg Wrack that is liberally festooned with the epiphytic Vertebrata lanosa (Polysiphonia lanosa in old money) with a hint of Bladder Wrack in the top left corner. Anyway, the stonecrop was a decent reward for my efforts.
I've had my sieve and tray pugged away in the woods, untouched for the best part of a fortnight. Today I went back to them and spent some time sieving leaf litter and tussocks in search of flies and spiders. I actually had the best session so far this year, even pootering up some wingless wasps that may, or may not, prove to be Gelis (my wingless wasp knowledge is rather limited!) I reckon I had about 20 or 30 of them running around the rim of my tray, though only 3 went into the alcohol. Hope I can do something with them, they're pretty cool looking things. Other things in the tray included this lot
|This was the largest invert I found today, believe it or not!|
|Utterly gratuitous Lobaria virens images|
|Carlsberg don't do lichens, but if they did....|
|I checked both ends just in case. It's definitely dead.|
|The spindle has completely sheared off. No idea how or why.|
BUT...things are moving and I fully expect further emails from Leica tomorrow. Fingers crossed it won't be too outlandishly expensive, I really do need my microscope back in action.