Thursday
Apr222010

Mirid Bug

A small mirid bug, probably Liocoris tripustulatus (Hemiptera: Miridae).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-15

Wednesday
Apr212010

Slime Mould Spores

This is the same speciemen of slime mould Reticularia lycoperdon (= Enteridium lycoperdon) as here, but two days later.  The crust is now burst open exposing the brown spore mass.

Photo taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-04-13.

Tuesday
Apr202010

Baby Garden Spiders

A nest of baby garden spiders (Araneus diadematus) on my bedroom window.  I presume these are the offspring of the spider that guarded the same window from late August to October last year.

Photo taken in Reading, UK, on 2010-04-17.

Monday
Apr192010

Orange Powder on Tree Trunk

What I think is an alga, possibly Trentepohlia sp., on the trunk of a (living) silver birch tree.  Although orange in colour, this is classed as a green alga (Chlorophyta), the chlorophyll green being masked by yellow and red carotenoids.  

Photo taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-04-13.

Sunday
Apr182010

Small Tortix Moth

Only about 5mm long.  Probably Grapholita jungiella (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).  G. lunulana and G. orobana have similar wing patterns but they are not as common, and they tend to fly only in May to July, while G. jungiella flies in April and May.  The larvae of all three species are know to feed on vetch (Vicia sp).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-04-13.