The late surprise on 26th, when I thought I may be drawing a blank for the days session, was Scarlet Elf Cup. One small stick holding several examples.
|King Alfreds Cakes|
|Heteromycophaga glandulosae parasitising Witches Butter|
Plantwise, Dog Rose and Daisy ( Bellis Perennis) were noted too.
The Highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly finding an Orange Ladybird. It was hibernating on the trunk of a Sycamore, sheltering under a branch. This was a ladybird lifer for me, very pleasing to find.
My invertebrate roll continued, with a Lace Weaver Spider revealing itself on some loose bark. A bit of further reading suggested that, given the habitat, this was highly likely to be Amaurobius fenestralis rather than A. Similis.
A hatrick of invertebrate additions was scored late in added time on the 26th, with the final kick of a fallen log revealing a Woodlouse. I realised this one was different to my previous Common Striped, and indeed it turned out to be Common Shiny Woodlouse.
This Springtail was a nice find on a fence post on the 27th, I'm working on a definitive ID, maybe Orchesella villosa or Entomobrya intermedia..or summat.
I also nabbed a Centipede, but nailing an ID on him may not be possible, but I'm working on it. Just when I thought I had bought all the Field Study Council Keys I would need too !
So, a pleasing and interesting mixed bag for the weekend, taking the total for the year and January to a 120 with a few on the back-burner.