One Thing and Another

Thursday, October 12th 2017

Caterpillars are not the easiest of species to ID.  Sometimes even ones with bright dots and lines and splodges are difficult to pin down.  This plain brown hairy one, with lovely pale claspers, has been seen walking across paths and boardwalks in recent weeks, and has been rescued!  A search seems to indicate that this is a Muslin Moth caterpillar, which feeds on docks and chickweed.  According to our records we have never caught the adult moth.  The male is pale grey in colour whilst the female is white. A little more investigation is needed to confirm this ID.

Brown, hairy caterpillar

A couple of days ago the Spindle fruits were closed but now they have burst and the orange covered seeds are visible.

Spindle fruits and seeds

On one of the logs close to the Field Centre Lycogala terrestre is growing.  This slime mould is orange as it begins to grow.

Lycogala terrestre

But ages to a dull brown.

Lycogala terrestre

Also on the log is a tiny minature garden.  Lichen and mosses are growing together.

A minature garden

Most of the Blackberries have disappeared by now, eaten by many voles, mice and birds.  White Blackberry flowers can still be seen but these rarely develop into fruits.

 Blackberry flower

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