Steve has found this choke fungus near Broadford which is probably Epichloë typhina – though this “species” probably contains more than one entity. A specimen has gone to Kew for further investigation
Epichloe typhina Photo: S Terry
Meanwhile in my lawn this fruiting body appears to have turned itself inside-out.
I have trapped several bugs in the garden recently including Anthocoris nemorum, the Common Flower Bug. The books say it can pierce human flesh and I can testify to that – but it does help control aphids.
A duller version which is well coated in erect hairs, Anthocoris sibiricus has only been recorded once in Britain – from Scalpay in the 1930s.
From further afield John has sent me an image of Carabus nitens, a fine, Nationally Scarce ground-beetle which he found on Ben Lomond. Within the limits of the NBN gateway this appears to be only the second Scottish record in the years 2000-2016.
Carabus nitens Photo: J Poulter
Thanks to Stephen Moran for insect determinations.