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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Wavy, Firebreak Post

Fencepost of the Week #146



Slow Worm Close Up

Slow worm - Anguis fragilis

Close to, slow worms look like they are made of polished granite. :-)

Monday, 10 July 2017

Elaphrus cupreus

Alas, Elaphrus cupreus is just a little too small to have its marvellous blue ocelli admired by humans on a regular basis. Look for it moving fast round the edges of ponds and streams.

Elaphrus cupreus

Elaphrus cupreus

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunset Usnea Pompoms

Fencepost of the Week #145



Beach Glow Worms


Glow Worm - Lampyris noctiluca

Checked one of the local sites where glow worms have been recorded in previous years and found twenty of them down on the shoreline - most were in the short grass just above the beach, but several were out on the shingle - making them much easier to photograph than usual.

Glow Worm - Lampyris noctiluca

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Wire-bound Knob

Fencepost of the Week #144



Sunday, 25 June 2017

Marmot Poses


Timelapse of a marmot hanging out on Passo Sole, Blenio, Switzerland.

Aestivating Snails Post

Fencepost of the Week #143


Around the mediterranean, snails find the summer much too hot and dry - these ones have climbed a fencepost and sealed themselves up, awaiting cooler, damper conditions. By climbing they can keep out of the way and find cooler air than at ground level.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Mediterranean Tree Frog

Two mediterranean tree frogs - Hyla meridionalis - from The Camargue, France.

Hyla meridionalis - Mediterranean Tree Frog


Hyla meridionalis - Mediterranean Tree Frog. (Juvenile)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Butterwort


Pinguicula vulagaris
Pinguicula vulgaris

Representing insectivorous plants on the west coast of Scotland - we have sundews and these: butterworts - Pinguicula vulgaris.


Butterwort - Pinguicula vulgaris

Butterwort - Pinguicula vulgaris

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Rhagium bifasciatum

All of a sudden, these longhorn beetles are everywhere!

Rhagium bifasciatum

Rhagium bifasciatum

Rhagium bifasciatum

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tiger Beetles

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle
After taking some nice photos of Japanese tiger beetles in Kyoto last year, I've been keen to get some better images of the common British species - Cicindela campestris this summer:

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle


Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle
The photos above and below here show how the same two individuals change colour depending on lighting conditions: with the sun behind them, they appear blue-green (above), while they are much more yellowish-green when viewed from the sunny side.

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle
After copulation, a violent and protracted struggle ensued - the female trying to free itself from the male's grip, but I didn't witness the beginning or the end of this encounter.


Cicindela campestris - Tiger Beetle

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Rough Gatepost

Fencepost of the Week #141


Friday, 26 May 2017

Badgers Playing


Some young badgers messing about at the entrance to their sett.

Macrolepiota clelandii

Macrolepiota clelandii

A very tall, thin parasol mushroom, native to Australia and New Zealand.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Fresh Ferns

Fencepost of the Week #140




Friday, 19 May 2017

Marasmius wynnei

Marasmius wynnei

Fairly common, trooping in dense tufts under beech trees.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Lace-webbed Spider

Lace-webbed spider - Amaurobius similis(?)
A fuzzy little house-spider - this species is fond of setting up webs around windows, but this one is just hanging from my bathroom wall.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunset Gilded Posts

Fencepost of the Week #139


Adder Breath


An adder (Vipera berus) sun-bathing on a cloudy day.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Repurposed Holly Tree

Fencepost of the Week #138

Here is another fencepost made by wrapping wire round a live tree - this time it's a holly tree.


It certainly seems like the fence wire has killed off the main trunk, but the rest of the tree is flourishing outside of the loops.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Orange Grisette

Amanita crocea - orange grisette

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lichen Patches

Fencepost of the Week #137


Friday, 28 April 2017

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Repurposed Tree

Fencepost of the Week #136


This fencepost was actually a live, in-situ oak tree which had fencing wire looped around it. You can see the scarring where the tree continued to grow, enveloping the wires. 


Although the main trunk has been dead for many years now, there is still a sliver of living bark running up the left side, supplying a few twigs with life.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Lichen Stickles

Fencepost of the Week #135


Friday, 14 April 2017

Peppery Bolette



Peppery bolette - Chalciporus piperatus

Peppery bolette - Chalciporus piperatus