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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