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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Conehead Mantis

Wildlife Wednesday #51

Here is Empusa pennata - the conehead mantis - a large, but very thin praying mantis from southwest europe.
Empusa pennata - Conehead mantis

Empusa pennata - Conehead mantis
 Males can distinguished by their long, feathery antennae which they use to home in on pheremones released by the females during the breeding season.

Empusa pennata - Conehead mantis

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Friday, 7 June 2013

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Sunrise Ash

Tree-fetish Tuesday #41

A shapely ash tree at sunrise in the rolling Kirkcudbright countryside.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Red Cage Fungus

Monday Mushroom #50

Clathrus ruber - Red Cage Fungus

I came across this intriguing looking egg like structure pushing up through the leaf mould in a forest in southern France.

Clathrus ruber - Red Cage Fungus

Red cage fungus is related to stink horns - same egg-like, jelly filled ball which the expanding fruiting body bursts out of. The shape and colour of the mature fungus are rather different, though. I couldn't find a mature specimen, but see wikipedia
Clathrus ruber - Red Cage Fungus