The Machair. Dandelions

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Some gardeners hate Dandelions and are looked upon as a weed. As soon as one is spotted in the garden, out it comes. They shouldn’t be looked upon so badly because they attract bees and offer a reliable source of food for all manner of insects.

The Garden Tiger moth is found here on Coll and it’s larvae eat Dandelions. This beautiful moth has massively declined over the last 40 years.

Dandelions are part of Coll’s Machair during the summer months and fields are a florish with carpets of wild flowers. Some of the best examples of Machair can be found here on the Isle of Coll.

Dandelions are one of the first to pop up. They use wind to transport seeds and each seed comes with it’s own individual parachute. Even a slight wind will carry these wee paratroopers high into the sky and off to pastures new.

The next time you are in your garden and see a dandelion, give a thought for all the insect life that depend on these so called weeds.

 

These shots were taken yesterday using a 100mm macro lens, 400 ISO with tripod.

 

Tiny Parachutes
Tiny Parachutes

 

Seed Bank
Seed Bank

 

Garden Tiger Moth
Garden Tiger Moth

 

 

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