Ards is the only place where I have found the native Golden Rod. It has a distinct requirement for woodland, and the distribution maps tend to show a western bias, and you don't get extensive woodlands much further west in Donegal than Ards.
|Native Golden Rod|
|Honeysuckle leaf mined by Chromatomyia aprilina|
Wood Sage is another plant that I only ever find in woodland:
Just as I was taking the shots of Wood sage, a shadow passed over and I saw a specimen of Speckled Wood landing on a Rhododendron:
|Speckled Wood butterfly|
I was a little surprised to see Viola riviniana in flower:
|Viola riviniana - Common Dog Violet|
Devilsbit Scabious, on the other hand, is just at its best right now:
|Meliscaeva cinctella on Devilsbit Scabious|
I rather like that picture.
I found this Oak Cherry gall on a fallen leaf:
|Oak Cherry gall - Cynips quercusfolii|
This spider was hanging vertically on a Hazel leaf. The abdominal pattern indicates the Common Garden Spider - Araneus diadematus, but the abdomen is much smaller than I usually expect to see. It's suspect it's a male:
|Common Garden Spider - male|
And I almost forgot this huge puffball that I found near the car park. It's Handkea excipuliformis, around 20 cm tall, with a 7 cm diameter cap: