Leafhoppers in Love and Ostriches

Well, leafhoppers in cop anyway:

Eupteryx aurata

Eupteryx aurata

Sometimes called potato leafhoppers and, according to one of my books, sometimes a serious pest of potatoes, these bugs like nettles and that is where I found these two in the garden yesterday.

For the first year in many there is no sign of sawfly damage on the gooseberries – it has been so cold that all insects are suffering.

Meanwhile John has found Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern) on the roadside near Dunvegan Castle from where it has presumably escaped. Looking back in the records I found that Catriona had recorded it from Dunvegan Woods, NG24, in 1976.

Matteuccia struthiopteris at Dunvegan   Photo: J Hawell

Matteuccia struthiopteris at Dunvegan             Photo: J Hawell

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