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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


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

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017

Tan Ear

This fungus is Otidea alutacea - the tan ear.

Tan ear - Otidea alutacea - 11th July

And here is another photo of fruiting bodies from the same patch, one month later.

Tan ear - Otidea alutacea - 16th August

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Four-spot Orb-weaver

Araneus quadratus - four-spot orb-weaver

Araneus quadratus - four-spot orb-weaver

I found this four-spot orb-weaver in my bedroom after it stowed-away on my raincoat. 

Araneus quadratus - four-spot orb-weaver

Araneus quadratus - four-spot orb-weaver

It's now back in the garden, where it belongs.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Rainy-day Post

Fencepost of the Week # 133

This rainy-day fencepost has something for everyone. ^_^

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Spring Toads

Common toad - Bufo bufo. A male toad on station at the pond edge, looking out for females approaching the water.

Common toad - Bufo bufo. Underwater.

Common toad - Bufo bufo. Basking.

Common toad - Bufo bufo. Swimming in the sunshine.

Common toad - Bufo bufo. Dusty, dry female nearing the end of her journey to the breeding pond.