Friday, July 22nd 2016

It was another warm sunny summer day at Foxglove. I tend to think of Autumn being the season for finding fungi, in among the fallen leaves, but we found some lovely specimens today. Here is some Yellow Slime Mould.

This is Oyster mushroom.

Also found was this rotting wood, which gains its lovely green colour from Green Elf cup fungi.

Whilst out and about we stopped to look at this Bumblebee and the White Tailed Hoverfly that were sharing a Thistle.

At a glance, the hoverfly could easily have been mistaken for a bee (not this one admittedly, but certainly some of the other species). This mimicry has a couple of advantages to the Hoverfly- creatures thinking it has a nasty sting are likely to leave it alone, but also by being similar looking, it is able to lay its eggs in the nests of Bumblebees, where the grubs can safely live as scavengers.

Around the Woodland trail we found lots of lovely Foxgloves amongst the trees.

As it was Friday, the usual Friday jobs were done, including filling the feeders, some strimming and some office work. We also released the White Ermine moth caterpillars into a large nettle patch as they have started to pupate so we were no longer able to keep them indoors. Thanks today go to Alex who has just completed her week of work experience with us. She has been a great help.

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