Monday, 4 October 2010

Still new

A visit to the woodland fringe to see what fungi were around turned up a lot more than just mushrooms:

This large (20 mm.) Pterostichus niger beetle ran quickly across the path. If you've ever tried panning a running beetle using a macro lens, you'll realise just how tricky this shot was:


Common Fumitory is making another push before the season is over:


Caddis Flies very often come to light and many of them are confused with moths. This is one of the Limnephilidae; the larvae make mobile cases from debris at the bottom of still water. Plenty of that around here.....


The leaf-mining fly Pegomya solennis makes mines in Dock leaves. This one is on Sorrel:


This close-up of the larva shows how complete the eating process is: only the top and bottom layers of cells are still in place, leaving a very thin layer that looks like frosted glass. The 'mouth' is to the left, at the interface between leaf and mine:


I did find a few fungi, including the always-bizarre Helvella crispa:


And a fine specimen of the large (15 cm. tall) puffball Handkea excipuliformis:


Liverworts are some of our most primitive plants: they're often found on the back walls of ditches or on woodland paths. This is a new one for me and I'm tentatively calling it Blasia pusilla, although that might change after consultation:
Size of the section shown? About 6 mm.

1 comment:

acornmoon said...

wonderful images!