During the past week or so, I've seen about half a dozen rove beetles scurrying around Tense Towers. Lounge, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, they're everywhere. Each one has been carefully encouraged onto a piece of paper and relocated outdoors, and I'm pretty sure that it isn't the same one six times.
Being vaguely aware that there's a lot of beetles in the world, I was still surprised how difficult it was to key this one out to a positive ID. Folk with much more idea than I, hazarded a few guesses from my phone photo (below), but the only certainty seemed to be that it belonged to the genus Philonthus.
Those gradations are millimetres, by the way.
The most recent days have been sunny and warm with pleasingly light winds. However, immediately preceding this fortuitous meteorology, there was a bit of a sploosh. Talk about brooding and leaden!
Yesterday, at work, I was attaching some cable to a wall, when a movement caught my eye. To be honest, if it hadn't have moved, I wouldn't have seen it!
I'm reliably informed that this moth is a Garden carpet.
Today is dreich. Constant rain and poor visibility, so there's not much enthusiasm for wildlife watching. Tomorrow promises much better weather, so we've booked ourselves onto an event at the Orkney Nature Festival. Fingers crossed!