Just returned from a weekend on Portland blitzing the area’s wildlife. Result was 94 ticks with some still to ID. Pick of the pics below:
Bloody-nosed Beetle, Timarcha tenebricosa, my favourite Chrysomelid. Bumbling around Church Ope
Dwarf Spurge, a tiny plant about 5 – 7 cm high. Found at Church Ope
Common Broomrape, growing in profusion at Chesil Beach. We also found the very similar Ivy Broomrape.
Greater Sea Spurrey, growing among the shingle on Chesil Beach
Hairy-fruited Cornsalad, growing at Church Ope. Distinguished by the shape of its seed pods.
Haresfoot Clover, not a particularly interesting plant but it had been on my want list for a while so I’m putting it in here.
My second favourite moth from the trap: Small Elephant Hawkmoth (Cream Spot Tiger was by far the best). With an L-album Wainscot muscling in on the upper left corner.
Portland Spurge, the 4th Euphorbia of the trip growing at Church Ope.
Sea Clover, growing at Chesil Beach
Small Scabious, distinguished by the black “eyelashes” between the florets. Growing at Church Ope
For comparison, Field Scabious ticked on the way home at Corfe Castle (where I’d stopped for Lulworth Skipper which was a good tick but not a good photo)
Wall Lizard at Church Ope, one of several naturalised colonies around the southern UK
Shrubby Sea Blight, a monstrous plant growing at Chesil Beach and home to the lichen Caloplacha suadae.