Friday
Feb052010

Green Dock Beetles

Green dock beetles, Gastrophysa viridula (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) on a dock leaf (Rumex sp.).  The large one is a female (with a body too large for its wing cases) and the smaller is a male.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-06-02.

Thursday
Feb042010

Slime Mould Update

The slime mould sporangia from a few days back have now taken on a more definite grey colour, which is consistent with an identification of Badhamia utricularis.  One or two sporangia even appear to have burst, releasing their spores.

While the yellow plasmodium has withered where the sporangia have developed, it is still thriving on other parts of the same log, as well as on nearby logs:

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-02-03.

Wednesday
Feb032010

House Moth

A white-shouldered house moth, Endrosis sarcitrella (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae) on the wall of my bedroom back in October of last year.  The grey markings on the wings can vary quite a bit.  See here for a photo that matches the above one fairly well.  This species is a widespread pest as its larvae feed on dry vegetable matter such as flour and clothing.

Photo taken in Reading, UK, on 2009-10-12.

Tuesday
Feb022010

Stag's Horn Fungus

Stag's horn fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon) growing on a moss-covered piece of wood. [Note added 2011-01-20: This is also known as candlesnuff fungus.]

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-01-30.

Monday
Feb012010

Orange Lauxaniid Fly

An orange Lauxaniid fly, probably Minettia inusta (Diptera: Lauxaniidae), judging by the pattern of dark patches on the wings.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-06-02.