Loch Mòr & Feur-lochan

Loch Mòr & Feur-lochan are two very different bodies of water to the east of Earlish. They both lie in a tetrad (NG46A) that had very few records before yesterday. As the Gaelic suggests, Loch Mòr is large:

Loch Mor

and Feur-lochan is grassy (well, sedgy – with much Carex rostrata (Bottle Sedge), and in the foreground, Menyanthes trifoliata (Bogbean)).

Feur-lochan

Feur-lochan has Potamogeton gramineus (Various-leaved Pondweed)

Potamogeton gramineus Feur-lochan

Potamogeton gramineus

and lots of this large Diving Beetle:

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Based on this image and images of its underside, Stephen Moran tells me it is probably Dytiscus lapponicus, the Highland Great Diving Beetle rather than D. marginalis, the Great Diving Beetle. There is a 1980 record on NBN for D. lapponicus in NG46.

Many dragonflies and damselflies are now about and by way of butterflies, as well as Green-veined white, Painted Lady and Small Heath, there was one Large Heath:

Large heath

It is also time for the Purple Bar moth to be about:

Purple Bar

The edge of Loch Mòr had huge amounts of Isoetes lacustris (Quillwort) washed up. I am not sure why; it has been dry and not windy for weeks.

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The “scum” is empty larval cases.

Back near the car I hoped to find Pseudorchis albida (Small-white Orchid) as it had been reported there in 1997. The Gymnadenia borealis (Heath Fragrant-orchid) was just coming into flower but I did not find Pseudorchis. I may have been a fraction early.

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Heath Fragrant, Heath Spotted etc.

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