|Con-trail over Mongorrey|
I can almost predict that the first hoverfly of the year will be a female Eristalis tenax, and sure enough, I spotted this one today on a Dandelion:
|Female Eristalis tenax on Dandelion|
I went up to see if there was any frog spawn at the usual places, but none was visible, although I have seen a few frogs at night. I did, however, see a few midges in loose clouds:
This is still a good time of year to see lichens before the green growth obscures them. I found a large specimen of Peltigera membranacea (Rabbit's-Paw Lichen):
|Peltigera membranacea - 'Rabbits-paw lichen'|
The underside of the thallus is covered with spiky rhizines, which are used as anchors:
|Rhizines on the underside of the thallus of Peltigera membranacea|
Evernia prunastri can be distinguished from other similar species by the twin-forked branching structure:
|Evernia prunastri on Willow|
|Cladonia portentosa on decayed log|
|Dotted Border moth|
The Dotted Border feeds on a wide range of broad-leaf trees as a larva. I'll leave you to work out where its name comes from.
Here's the result of living in a wet climate:
Peziza domiciliana is a fungus which is most commonly found indoors, growing through concrete. This specimen is happily growing in the boot of my car.
New to my species list (and not previously recorded in Ireland, although I find that difficult to believe).