Sunday
Dec132009

Brain Fungus

A brain fungus, probably Myxarium nucleatum (= Exidia nucleata), but possibly Exidia thuretiana, growing on a dead log.  M. nucleatum is supposed to be distinguished from E. thuretiana by having white nuclei within it, and I think I can see these in the above photo.  However, there seems to be a lot of variation in the form and texture of these species (presumably with age and degree of hydration), so I am not completely confident in this identification.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-12-12.

Saturday
Dec122009

Black Bee

A small black bee, possibly Andrena sp. (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae) on wild carrot (Daucus carota).  Note the pollen stored in the hairs on the hind legs.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-07-16.

Friday
Dec112009

Levels of Proof as a Measure of Integrity

.. I think you can tell the integrity of a scientist by the level of proof that they require for things that they agree with, versus the level of proof for things they don't agree with.

Tim Kruger, Director of the Oxford Geoengineering Institute, on the BBC Radio 4 Material World program broadcast on Thursday 10th December.

Friday
Dec112009

Bristly Ox-Tongue

Bristly ox-tongue (Picris echioides).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-09-16.

Thursday
Dec102009

Snipe Fly

A female snipe fly of species Rhagio tringarius (Diptera: Rhagionidae).

For my previous posts on snipe flies see here and here.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-07-16.