Inver Tote

I had an interesting day in the Inver Tote area.  I re-found Equisetum pratense (Shady Horsetail) in NG56A though not in quite the same place as the records from the 1970s. May is a good time to find this species; I don’t know what happens later in the year but it seems to disappear early.

Whilst I didn’t spot Vicia sylvatica (Wood Vetch) in NG56A I did find it in the adjacent NG56F, a tetrad with only four species recorded previously.

I had a good walk in NG56F and recorded many species. There were hundreds of flowering Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid) including some fine specimens:

Orchis mascula Inver Tote

Orchis mascula

It was a good day for insects: Green Tiger Beetle and a Rove Beetle (Staphylinus erythropterus):

Staphylinus erythropterus 1

Staphylinus erythropterus

Moth larvae found were The Drinker, Garden Tiger and Six-spot Burnet:

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and also a c. 40mm cocoon that I am hoping someone will identify for me (Later: The Drinker. Thanks, Nigel):


There was lots of Equisetum telmateia (Great Horsetail) about:

Equisetum telmateia Inver Tote

Equisetum telmateia

Plants in flower included Silene dioica (Red Campion), Silene uniflora (Sea Campion) and Allium ursinum (Ramsons):

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6 Responses to “Inver Tote”

  1. Carl Farmer Says:

    Isn’t the Magpie a 6-spot Burnet?

  2. Stephen Says:

    Oh yes, of course. Should have checked rather than relying on failing memory! I will alter it. Many thanks.

  3. Terry Swainbank Says:

    In amongst the Orchis mascula were there any white or pink ones? A French study in 2010 found the occurrence to be about 1 in 100. The presence of these pale variants improved seed set in the normal purple ones. I wonder if this holds true moving north and the range of pollinators decreases.

    • Stephen Says:

      There were one or two with light patches. Years ago I found the first white one recorded in Scotland – on Raasay. Light variants seem pretty uncommon in the northwest.

  4. Terry Swainbank Says:

    Interesting that on the plant you photographed
    the leaves are unspotted.

  5. Stephen Says:

    Virtually always unspotted in VC104.

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