A Walk Around Foxglove

Sunday, November 27th 2011

The weather was windy, dull and drizzling, and we thought it was unlikely we would see very much, however it was amazing what was found on our walk around Foxglove.  Firstly, Shaggy Inkcaps were growing in the grass at the side of the access road. As it matures this beautiful white fungus will soon be dripping with black inky liquid.

Shaggy Inkcap

On the way down to the Bullet Catcher the Ivy was in full flower, providing food for insects and moths still on the wing.

Ivy flower

This lichen covered branch was broken so it was easy to view the gills of these tiny fungi.  Only when the photo was downloaded and examined were the fruiting bodies of the lichen revealed - they are the dark rounded areas to the left of the two larger fungi.

Fungi on broken branch

Another fungus was found, this time apparently growing on the root of a tree.  The droplets are unlikely to be rain drops as the fungus was actually in a hole, so they are almost certainly to be from the fungus itself.


And the best find kept until last!  These beautifully ugly larvae live under wood.  They are very shy and within minutes of being exposed start to disappear into the soil.  Fascinating!!


 Although it is late Autumn, Foxglove is still a magical place!

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