Kilchoan Early Bird has sent in this picture of something washed up on the beach - the scale is shown by the limpet shell to its left. Does anyone know what it is?
corkwing wrasse. It's made of coral weed. This photo isn't from West Ardnamurchan, but Martin says we should find them around here.
Ardnamurchan Campsite. Apparently they are not common but have, as Martin put it, a 'great life history'. The 'great' bit seems to come from the way the beetle's larvae hitch a lift from a passing bee and, once in its nest, consuming the bee's eggs and pollen supply. We have yet to find one. There's more about these friendly beetles here.
Many thanks to Kilchona Early Bird and Martin Summers for the pictures.