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buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 17 5:11 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I didn't join the walk last week but today we went to a local site, hoping to dodge the rain showers (which we did), There wasn't a great deal of bird life about, though we did have very good views of two Red Kites.

We did find a large and very active ground beetle, and a slightly smaller but still active female garden spider, but the invertebrate highlight of the day was finding several Willow Emerald Damselflies (Chalcolestes viridis) a recent colonist of Britain and first recorded in our county in 2012. Here is one of the ones we saw:




We also found a fungus which earned from the mycologist an "Ooooooh!" and a "Brilliant find!" - no mean praise! Here is the subject:




the Saffrondrop Bonnet (Mycena crocata) which is supposed to grow on or near Beech but there was no Beech nearby.

Finally we found a spectacular clump of Ivy (Hedera helix) in full flower:




that was attracting large numbers of assorted insects.

Henry

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 17 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice snaps

round here we have a good selection of the blue and black ones , which makes it a bit tricky to attribute a sp to one flitting past but we don't seem to have any green ones.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 17 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice pictures Henry. We don't get damsel flies as nowhere near water, but I have seen the more common blue ones in some places, although never that one. Our bees are certainly foraging something, so although can't see it because it is in the top of a tree, our ivy could be out too. Pretty little fungus, and one I suspect is thought to be 'uncommon' because most people don't notice it. We have had some magpie inkcap in the wood again, which is supposed to be fairly uncommon.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 17 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice snaps Buzzy. That ivy, the wasps go mental for it around our way, it sounds like there are thousands in there when we walk by.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 17 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yesterday we went to a very local wood. Mainly it was a fungus day, but we did hear (and see occasionally through the tree canopy) some young Buzzards with one or more of their parents. There seemed to be a lot of calling which we interpreted as "Feed me! Feed me!

Amongst the fungi we found quite a lot of Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)




which I didn't know until yesterday are white underneath the black skin. "A bit like coconut." somebody said. "Smells like coconut, too." said somebody else, but the only person who could detect the coconut smell was the one who uses coconut oil hand cream!

There were also some of these:




the Trooping Crumble Cap (Coprinellus disseminatus).

Henry

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 17 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

buzzy wrote:
the Trooping Crumble Cap (Coprinellus disseminatus).

Henry


Brilliant name. I reckon the Queen would be much happier if they changed The Trooping of the Colour to The Trooping of the Crumble.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 17 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great shots again. I've never even heard of dead mans fingers. They are quite funky though.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 17 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice snaps, ta for the trouping crumble cap id, i designate all the ones of that sort of form as pixie umbrellas

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 17 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, I am inclined to as well Dpack. I don't think I have ever seen the Dead Man's Fingers, but have seen them in the fungus book. We have been looking at fungi recently in the wood with the Volunteers. We have found quite a lot, but not been able to identify very many. The Giant Polyphore has started to come up, and we found some pretty little purple ones, but as they were just starting and hadn't got long enough stems to look at without pulling them up, I don't know which of 3 varieties they were. Nice pictures again Henry.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 17 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
nice snaps, ta for the trouping crumble cap id, i designate all the ones of that sort of form as pixie umbrellas


Apparently some people call this one Fairy Inkcap, but since the cap doesn't go to liquid ink like gloop, but breaks up when handled, Trooping Crumble Cap seems a better name!

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 17 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It does sound rather a nice name, although Fairy inkcap is rather nice too, even though less accurate.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 17 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I saw a lot of dead man's fingers earlier this summer when we had a lot of rain.

Looking at this site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/xylaria.html
leads me to believe that I was catching them at their conidial stage since they were more grey than black.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 17 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wonder if the King Alfred's Cakes (Daldinia concentrica) we found were at their conidial stage, as they were grey, rather than the usual shiny black:




Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 17 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They could have been. We somehow usually find them at the mature stage, possible as that is when we are most likely to be collecting the timber. They are quite useful for fire lighting or transporting the fire from one place to another. I believe they used to be put in a tin and used as hand warmers once.

sgt.colon



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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 17 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is that a fungus?

It looks like something out of a 70's film called Shivers.

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