Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Wednesday 22nd.September 2010

As I mentioned on yesterday's post , vast amounts of fungi were found during the Dormouse and Reptile surveys , at times , making it hard to concentrate on the matter in hand . A few of the more interesting specimens follow :Fly Agaric were everywhere , this shot showing a freshly emerging specimen , covered in it's white veil , which disperses into white pyramidal warts covering the cap , as shown in the specimen above .These warts can be washed off by rain , leaving the cap almost smooth and the colour faded .A species that I haven't seen for a while , Black Bulgar or Rubber Buttons-Bulgaria inquinans .The beautifully coloured Psathyrella sarcocephal .
Lots of Ramaria stricta were found around a dead Elder . As it's name says , Tawny Funnel Cap-Clitocybe flaccida .Another descriptive common name , White Coral Fungus-Clavulina cristata .The beautifully textured Pluteus umbrosus .Same family as the Fly Agaric , Amanita spissa . Delicately colourful , Panaeolus acuminatus .
These were just a few of the species found on a great day out in the woods .
I did take one shot today , a moth that flew in and settled in the cab of our vehicle . I thought at the time it could be a Brimstone Moth , but it isn't . I have also ruled out Speckled Yellow . Now I need some help please Dean .
Many thanks to Dean/DDD and Keith/Wonderwings Wanderings , who identified the moth as a Pink-barred Sallow , and also Terry via Phil/Sharp by Nature for confirmation .
Little wonder I never get the ID right . I put combinations of yellow/gold and pink/purple into the identification key search on UK Moths , and Pink-barred Sallow doesn't come up .

6 comments:

Phil said...

I thought birds were difficult and diverse Greenie. Not sure i'm ready for fungi yet!!
Many thanks for your advice re the 'immature' Migrant Hawker on my blog. I live and learn!

Wonderwings Wanderings said...

I think the mystery moth might possibly be a Pink-barred Sallow xanthia togata.
Regards Keith.

Dean said...

Definitely a Pink-barred Sallow and some cracking fungi species there Greenie.

Phil said...

Hi Greenie. Me again!
Just to say I had a message from Terry Laws asking me to let you know that your moth is indeed a Pink barred Sallow. A Blogger prob with comments again I think.

ShySongbird said...

Some great fungi there, it always amazes me how many types there are. I do like Fly Agaric but have never found one in this area, I must try harder!

Kingsdowner said...

Great selection of fungi there - the Greensand Ridge is obviously fecund this year.