Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Arrhenia rickenii

A pretty scarce fungus growing in the moss off the coastal path near Stone Marine

Friday, 9 August 2019

Lepidoptera and Mushrooms

Six-spot Burnets were on the knapweed yesterday lunchtime, and a Small Copper was a new butterfly for the year at least

In the wetter areas where there's some grass there were a couple of Marsh Waxcaps (Agrocybe paludosa)

Monday, 5 August 2019

Papillate Pinkgill

Entoloma papillata - for obvious reasons.Entolomas are usually grassland species, and this one's no different.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Divit migrants (section: insects)

The big influx of Painted Lady butterflies hasn't left Inverkeithing out and there are plenty on the coastal path. Less noticed by most people is the influx of Scaeva pyrastri hoverflies. There are actually more of those about in the Divit than the butterflies, but you have to be looking to see them.

Painted Lady

Scaeva pyrastri (male)

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Divit plants

A nice new pair for me - Common Fiddleneck and Pellitory-of-the-wall. Common Fiddleneck is a plant of open sandy areas and has an easterly distribution, though it seems with not too many Fife records. It was near the changing rooms for the football club.

The Pellitory-of-the-wall is on the wall beside the burn, and is there in quite a few places.

Common Fiddleneck

Common Fiddleneck

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Quickie lunchtime

A couple of nice finds underneath stones in Inverkeithing at lunchtime. Breezeblocks beside the garages held a small collection of the beetle Silpha atrata and a Lithobius melanops. A Sowerby's slug was under a larger rock beside the coastal path. Total species for the year is creeping along at 77 but without a huge effort invested yet.

Sowerby's slug Tandonia sowerbyi


Friday, 14 December 2018


Map for Phase 1/NVC type investigations