Thursday, 5 October 2017

Fly, fungus. Fungus fly!

Same title, same split. Only this time the fly is a fungus fly. Now I need to finish on a fly fungus!

Cystoderma amianthinum and Keroplatus testaceus. Both lovely. The Cystoderma is common enough but the joy of the Keroplatus was that when we found it on a fungal foray it was a pupa. Unbeknown to us we found a larva at the same time, so now with the larva in alcohol and the pupa bred out I have seen all stages except egg - something that doesn't happen often. NBN doesn't have many dots for the fungus gnat but then that's probably true of most fungus gnats. I'll see what we can make of it as a record.

995 Syrphus torvus A hoverfly
996 Phaonia valida A muscid fly

997 Cystoderma amianthinum A mushroom
998 Keroplatus testaceus A fungus gnat

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Fungus, fly. Fly, fungus. Not like that, like that.

Sorry about the repetitive theme but this is what we're working with now! Maybe another bird will show up at lunchtime today. Why not?

Having found myself briefly locked out as I waited for the missus yesterday night I stumbled into this lovely Lactarius deterrimus on the edge of a garden. It has orange milk, which narrows it down very swiftly!

The fly, Suillia pallida, was only finally sorted out this morning though I had keyed the family and guessed the genus yesterday.

Lactarius deterrimus

Suillia pallida

The creeping count
993 Lactarius deterrimus A milkcap
994 Suillia pallida A fly

Monday, 2 October 2017

992 Greylag Goose

Now that wasn't so hard was it?

Come on Kestrel, Bullfinch, Buzzard ...

In bird ringing there are Constant Effort Sites. But here's a real constant effort site! This year's effort compared with two previous years at my local nature reserve. I would never have expected that.

One at a time please, ladies ...

Creeping slowly forward at one fly per day. Probably means I'll shoot forward as these things go in cycles. I would back finishing on Thursday maybe now though with a meeting of fungus-botherers who may be prepared to bash out some tricky identification with me.

One of my favourite flies was a nice surprise yesterday after sitting on a pin for two days - Phaonia rufiventris (R.populi as was). It's like a P.subventa but with yellow humeri and less acrostichials

Can't say why it appeals to me so much but I added it to the county list a while back from a more interesting forestry and sort of assumed its presence there was why it hadn't been noted before. Anyway, now it's noted from here too.

Yellow humeri. One pre-stu acro (not a pair - just 1!)

The meagre list additions:
989 Ocydromia glabricula A fly
990 Lucilia silvarum A fly
991 Phaonia rufiventris A fly

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Spring(tails) again

A reprise of springtails with the common Ceratophysella bengtssoni found in the cap of a Mycena, maybe munching on spores. Also a not particularly exciting Oyster Gall on oak.

(update - springtail ID has been confirmed and only two prior records for Scotland - one from Dalgety Bay in 1934! Two prior Scottish records is about par for the course for a common springtail)



Inflatable antennal section. But why?!

984 Ceratophysella bengtssoni A springtail
985 Andricus anthracina  Oyster Gall Causer

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Red Book Rhodocybe

Leftovers from Sunday's "foray" (can you forage corticioid fungi? No)

Rhodocybe gemina - a red list mushroom according to Phillips. Likely to be the best fungal find of the year, but you never know

983 Rhodocybe gemina A mushroom

Monday, 25 September 2017

Fungal additions

Some more fungi from today, including one I forgot from Friday - Silky Pinkgill (Entoloma sericeum)

Silky Pinkgill

Entoloma spores

Snowy Waxcap

Iodine Bonnet

980 Hygrocybe virginia Snowy Waxcap
981 Mycena filopes Iodine Bonnet
982 Entoloma sericeum Silky Pinkgill