Invertebrate News

The snail from Raasay turns out to be Balea perversa. Thanks to Andy Keay for the i.d. who says it is a native species which is in decline in many areas.  Seems to be doing OK on the Raasay limestone.

A fly that bothered me on Skye on Wednesday turns out to be Chrysops relictus, described by Murdo Macdonald who identified it for me as an extremely painful horsefly. Some had green eyes, some had orange eyes and at least one had an eye of each colour.

Horsefly

Other sightings that day included Meadow Brown, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Large Heath butterflies. A dragonfly was the four-spotted chaser and damselflies were Large Red and Common Blue. 

 
 

Four-spotted Chaser

 

 Golden-ringed Dragonfly was seen on Monday on Skye – it is pretty frequent in these parts.

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