Elm leaves, buds and seeds earlier this year in Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen.
The majority of the elms in Britain were lost to Dutch Elm Disease, but full size adult trees still survive in Scotland because for a list of reasons including characteristics of the more common type of elm tree here (Ulmus glabra), climate (it’s cold as balls and that may limit the beetle vector for the disease) and another fungus that competes with the bark beetles.
But it’s still spreading, just slower.
Everyone meet Lighter, my pet praying mantis. Not sure what species so an ID would be helpful (I’m looking at you fyeahmantodea). I found him back in Pennsylvania and brought him to Florida with me.
Would need to see a shot of the inside of the raptorial legs where they join the thorax but I’m pretty sure that’s a Mantis religiosa, definitely an adult female.
Yesterday morning I looked around my room and thought “I own to many Bromeliads”, but then I remembered that’s not a real thing and you can never have too many and if anything I need more.