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Red in Nature

Red isn’t the commonest colour in nature – but here are just a few examples. Firstly the Red Admiral butterfly – more brown and black than red, but still a striking beauty.

Red admiral

Red admiral

Secondly, a goldfinch. Not exactly gold – why it wasn’t called a red faced finch I do not know as that is one of it’s most striking characteristics. These finches come to the bird feeders only a couple of times a day. Which is probably just as well as they are feisty little fellows, and they try and keep the other birds away while they are there.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Next our cheeky robin friend. Here in Ireland robin’s are sometimes called Robin Red Breasts.

Robin

Robin

This is a sundew. A tiny, but extraordinary plant that grows in our bogs. Those sticky leaves, traps insects and then digest them!

Sundew

sundew

And finally Robin’s pincushion. Nothing to do with robins, it is in fact a rose bedeguar gall, formed when a gall wasp lays her eggs, usually on a wild rose stem. When the grubs hatch they produce a chemical which produces this abnormal growth.

Robin's pincushion - a type of gall

Robin’s pincushion – a type of gall

Inspired by this week’s Len artist photo challenge – find something red