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16th July 2018 - Painted Lady caterpillar added to Larval Gallery 2.
7th July 2018 - Parhelophilus frutetorum added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
1st July 2018 - Anasimyia lineata added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
21st June 2018 - Atherix ibis added to Insect Gallery 6.
12th June 2018 - Pale Tussock picture updated and Leucozona glaucia added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
1st June 2018 - Platychirus granditarsus added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
29th May 2018 - Orange Tip and Green Veined White photos updated in Butterfly Gallery 1.
25th May 2018 - Baccha elongata added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
12th May 2018 - Corizus hyoscyami added to Insect Gallery 6.
1st May 2018 - Carabus nemoralis added to Insect Gallery 6. Also, I have relinquished my role as leader of The Fungal Friends Group due to political nonsense and a need for change. The group is in the safe hands of one Ian Staniforth, a fine gent with a good temperament - I am sure he will do well. My role now is merely of supporter and to hopefully help increase the numbers of the group and the Fungus Conservation Trust - here's hoping!
18th April 2018 - Araneus quadratus added to Arachnid Gallery 1.
9th April 2018 - Seraphim added to Moth Gallery 9.
1st April 2018 - Osmia caerulescens added to Insect Gallery 3.
20th March 2018 - Stratiomys potamida added to Insect Gallery 6.
9th March 2018 - Borage added to Wild Flower Gallery 3.
1st March 2018 - Bright Line, Brown Eye added to Moth Gallery 9.
21st February 2018 - Syritta pipiens added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
8th February 2018 - Seaside Centaury added to Wildflower Gallery 3.
1st February 2018 - Anasimyia contracta added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
26th January 2018 - Geastrum triplex updated in Fungal Gallery 2.
19th January 2018 - Ringlet updated in Butterfly Gallery 2.
15th January 2018 - Mycena rosea added to Fungal Gallery 11.
8th January 2018 - Pale Straw Pearl added to Moth Gallery 9.
1st January 2018 - Lychnis added to Moth Gallery 9.
12th December 2017 - Nicrophorus vespilloides added to Insect Gallery 3.
7th December 2017 - Neuroterus anthracinus added to Gall Gallery 5.
25th November 2017 - Vapourer Moth added to Moth Gallery 9.
13th November 2017 - Eurygaster testudinaria added to Insect Gallery 3.
4th November 2017 - Bastard Toadflax added to Wild Flower Gallery 3.
30th October 2017 - Agathomyia wankowiczii added to Gall Gallery 5.
17th October 2017 - Small Ranunculus added to Moth Gallery 9.
9th October 2017 - Dexiosoma caninum added to Insect Gallery 3.
1st October 2017 - Rhingia rostrata added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
10th September 2017 - Hohenbuehelia cyphelliformis added to Fungal Gallery 10.
1st September 2017 - Ferdinandea cuprea added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
16th August 2017 - Marbled White Spot added to Moth Gallery 9.
8th August 2017 - Xylota sylvarum has been added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
1st August 2017 - Contarinia craccae added to Gall Gallery 5.
23rd July 2017 - Volucella inanis added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
15th July 17 - Rondaniola bursaria added to Gall Gallery 5.
9th July 2017 - Peach Blossom added to Moth Gallery 9.
1st July 2017 - Andricus corruptrix added to Gall Gallery 5.
23rd June 2017 - Small Red Eyed Damselfly added to Damsel/Dragons Gallery 1.
17th June 2017 - Dasineura acrophila added to Gall Gallery 5.
8th June 2017 - Neoascia podagrica added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
1st June 2017 - Common Green Shield Bug added to Insect Gallery 2.
23rd May 2017 - Volucella bombylans added to Hoverfly Gallery 3.
16th May 2017 - Pemphigus spyrothecae added to Gall Gallery 5.
9th May 2017 - Cynaeda dentalis added to Moth Gallery 8.
1st May 2017 - Xylota segnis added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
20th April 2017 - Cheilosia pagana added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
10th April 2017 - Red Headed Cardinal Beetle picture updated in Insects Gallery 1 and Dryphilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus added to Insect Gallery 6.
3rd April 2017 - Hebrew Character added to Moth Gallery 8.
29th March 2017 - Chrysomyxa pirolata added to Micro Fungi 3.
16th March 2017 - Pithanus maerkelii added to Insect Gallery 2.
9th March 2017 - Notostira elongata added to Insect Gallery 2.
1st March 2017 - Miris striatus added to Insect Gallery 2.
23rd February 2017 - Bombus pascuorum added to Insect Gallery 1.
16th February 2017 - Platycheirus rosarum added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
8th February 2017 - Andricus lignicola added to Gall Gallery 5.
1st February 2017 - Sericomyia silentis added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
29th January 2017 - Microbotryum stellariae added to Micro Fungi Gallery 3.
17th January 2017 - Oleander Hawkmoth added to Moth Gallery 8.
9th January 2017 - Leopard Moth added to Moth Gallery 8.
1st January 2017 - Orchestia gammarellus added to the Seashore Gallery 2.
28th December 2016 - The end of the year is upon us and I am getting organised for the start of the new annual wanderings. 2016 has been a hit and miss year in many respects but we have got out and about, recorded as much as possible and clocked up a very rewarding 1601 species. We both work and have busy lives so to see a nice total like this is very satisfying indeed. Next year we shall hopefully stay fit, do our bit and put plenty back and get these precious natural gems noted. It is the least we can do for things that bring so much pleasure into our lives. See you out in the field!
7th December 2016 - Eristalis abustorum added to the Hoverfly Gallery 2.
2nd December 2016 - Eristalis intricarius added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
30th November 2016 - Alder Moth added to Larval Gallery 2.
9th November 2016 - Roridomyces roridus added to Fungal Gallery 10.
1st November 2016 - Chrysotoxum elegans added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
27th October 2016 - Epistrophe grossulariae added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
13th October 2016 - Bluebell added to Wildflower Gallery 3.
4th October 2016 - Buff Tip added to Larval Gallery 2.
25th September 2016 - I am slowly ploughing through the website and making changes as well as seeing what photo's were taken years ago on a very cheap camera and are now looking a bit 'past it'. It will be an on-going process and even though the equipment I still use is cheap and cheerful and I am in no way a 'photographer' I do want to put up my better pictures and keep improving the site. As I say it is a never-ending process but in the meantime I have added Stenocorus meridiana to Insect Gallery 1.
15th September 2016 - Hygrocybe acutoconica added to Fungal Gallery 10.
7th September 2016 - Eristalis nemorum has been added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
1st September 2016 - Daldinia concentrica has been added to Fungal Gallery 10.
22nd August 2016 - Small Magpie has been added to Moth Gallery 8.
12th August 2016 - Portevinia maculata added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
21st July 2016 - Eupeodes corollae added to Hoverfly Gallery 2.
13th July 2016 - Eristalis horticola added to Hoverfly Galley 2.
2nd July 2016 - Vapourer Moth added to Larval Gallery 2.
15th June 2016 - Large White Butterfly larva added to Larval Gallery 2.
1st June 2016 - Cepero's Groundhopper added to the Orthoptera Gallery.
25th May 2016 - Hericeum erinaceus added to Fungal Gallery 10.
18th May 2016 - Hypoxylon howeanum added to Fungal Gallery 10.
9th May 2016 - Cynips longiventris added to Gall Gallery 5.
1st May 2016 - Lycogoris pabulinus added to Insect Gallery 6.
16th April 2016 - Coprinopsis acuminata added to Fungal Gallery 10.
8th April 2016 - Chrysopilus cristatus added to Insect Gallery 6.
2nd April 2016 - Harlequin Ladybird added to Insect Gallery 6.
28th March 2016 - Cynips quercisfolii added to Gall Gallery 5.
21st March 2016 - Sphaerophoria scripta added to Insect Gallery 5.
14th March 2016 - Puccinia lapsanae added to Micro Fungi Gallery 3.
7th March 2016 - 22 Spot Ladybird added to Insect Gallery 5.
1st March 2016 - Philopedon plagiatus added to Insect Gallery 5.
19th February 2016 - Leptogaster cylindrica added to Insect Gallery 5.
11th February 2016 - Contarinia tiliarum added to Gall Gallery 5.
2nd February 2016 - Blennocampa phyllocolpa added to Gall Gallery 5.
25th January 2016 - Acalitus rudis added to Gall Gallery 5.
14th January 2016 - Athalia rosae added to Insect Gallery 5.
6th January 2016 - Lochmaea caprea added to Insect Gallery 5.
1st January 2016 - Aceria ulmicola added to Gall Gallery 5.
24th December 2015 - Christmas Eve and what better time than to put up the end species total of the year. Well New Year's Eve to be honest but it is a busy period and adding anything new to the years list is doubtful at this stage. Anyway this year, during the ever-busy lifestyle, we managed to see and identify a very appreciated 1512 species - each individual enjoyed and not taken for granted. Records of fungi, butterflies and hoverflies were all submitted and hopefully next year I can add another group to my efforts and get them noted too. Tis' all time at the end of the day and obviously the more one has the more one can see and record. Alas I have to work and have many other things I care about so limitations are plentiful but with a little effort and a load of passion it is amazing what one can see within a 12 month period in the British Isles. Have a good festive break folks and here's to a great nature-based 2016 with lots of stuff seen, helped and of course...recorded!
14th December 2015 - Frommea obtusa added to Micro Fungi Gallery 4.
8th December 2015 - Anisostephus betulinus added to Gall Gallery 4.
1st December 2015 - Diatrype stigma added to Fungal Gallery 10.
19th November 2015 - Cortinarius uliginosus added to Fungal Gallery 10.
10th November 2015 - Gymnopilus dilepis added to Fungal Gallery 10.
2nd November 2015 - Volvariella surrecta added to Fungal Gallery 10.
30th October 2015 - Mottled Rustic added to Moth Gallery 8.
20th October 2015 - Autumnal Rustic added to Moth Gallery 8.
13th October 2015 - Chrysogaster solstitialis added to Insect Gallery 5.
3rd October 2015 - Plagiognathus arbustorum added to Insect Gallery 5.
25th September 2015 - Buff Tip photo updated in Moth Gallery 1.
15th September 2015 - Changing Forget-Me-Not added to Wild Flower Gallery 3.
8th September 2015 - Uromyces valerianae added to Micro Fungi Gallery 3.
1st September 2015 - Anania coronata added to Moth Gallery 8.
18th August 2015 - Oxycera rara added to Insect Gallery 5.
11th August 2015 - Physcia adscendens added to Lichen Gallery 2.
2nd August 2015 - Volucella zonaria added to Insect Gallery 5.
22nd July 2015 - Clavulina rugosa added to Fungal Gallery 10.
16th July 2015 - Cheilosia illustrata added to Insect Gallery 5.
9th July 2015 - Platycheirus tarsalis added to Insect Gallary 5.
3rd July 2015 - Cecidophyes rouhollahi added to Gall Gallery 4.
15th June 2015 - Small Elephant Hawkmoth added to Larval Gallery 2
9th June 2015 - Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar added to Larval Gallery 2.
2nd June 2015 - All diary sightings up to date and Calocoris roseomaculatus added to Insect Gallery 5.
21st May 2015 - Toothwort added to Wild Flowers Gallery 3.
19th May 2015 - As part of my wildlife year I do several walks for the kids at work, Signpost Young Carers, which brings me much pleasure as it is always so rewarding to see the kids out and about, enjoying the natural world, smiling and playing and hopefully having a grand old time. I am always armed with a faithful budget camera that has served us well over nigh on 15 years. I get some duff pics, some ok pics and now and again the odd one worth using for publicity material. Two particular ones were used for the cover of our in-house magazine - I hope they reflect what a great time the young un's have and help encourage people to take a greater interest in our valuable service.
13th May 2015 - Apion frumentarium added to Insect Gallery 5.
2nd May 2015 - Crepidotus epibryus and Hypoxylon petriniae added to Fungal Gallery 10.
24th April 2015 - Exidia recisa and Macrotyphula fistulosa var. contorta added to Fungal Gallery 10.
17th April 2015 - Red and Black Froghopper photo updated in Insect Gallery 1.
8th April 2015 - Arthonia radiata added to Lichen Gallery 1.
1st April 2015 - Netted Dog Whelk added to Seashore Gallery 2.
23rd March 2015 - Illosporiopsis christiansenii and Taphrina populina added to Micro Fungi Gallery 3.
18th March 2015 - Punctelia jeckeri added to Lichen Gallery 1.
9th March 2015 - Purple Top Shell and Thick Top Shell added to Seashore Gallery 2. And continuing the coastal theme - here is a profile of a Blenny - he don't half look like a grumpy old bugger.
1st March 2015 - Semibalanus balanoides added to Seashore Gallery 1.
25th February 2015 - Mompha conturbatella added to MIcro Moth Gallery 4, Lactarius deliciosus photo updated in Mushroom Gallery 2 and Bloody Nosed Beetle Photo updated in Insect Gallery 1.
16th February 2015 - Adelphocoris lineolatus added to Insect Gallery 5.
9th February 2015 - Beautiful Golden Y added to Moth Gallery 8.
1st February 2015 - Physcia tenella added to Lichen Gallery 1.
26th January 2015 - Diatrype disciformis added to Fungal Gallery 9.
19th January 2015 - Ramalina farinacea added to Lichen Gallery 1.
10th January 2015 - Evernia prunastri added to Lichen Gallery 1. Whilst pottering amongst some vegetation I found a bug which unfortunately died (poor thing). Rather than waste it I did some investigations and came up with the fact that it is indeed a Dirt Coloured Seed Bug (Scolopostethus sp) but couldn't quite nail it any further although I did get it down to just 3 suspects. Here is a picture of the leg structure showing the noteworthy spines on the femur that helped in the ID process.
1st January 2015 - Happy New Year folks and for starters have a picture and info of Stenotus binotatus in Insect Gallery 5.
24th Dec 2014 - Deconica coprophila (with spores) added to Fungal Gallery 9.
16th December 2014 - Neuroterus numismalis added to Gall Gallery 4.
8th December 2014 - Channel Wrack and Knotted Wrack added to Seashore Gallery 1.
1st December 2014 - Diastrophus rubi added to Gall Gallery 4.
25th November 2014 - Rutpela maculata added to Insect Gallery 4.
18th November 2014 - Leptoterna dolabrata added to Insect Gallery 4.
10th November 2014 - Hymenoscyphus fagineus and Auricularia auricular-judae added to Fungal Gallery 9.
3rd November 2014 - Birch Shieldbug added to Insect Gallery 4.
23rd October 2014 - Meliscaeva auricollis added to Insect Gallery 4.
13th October 2014 - Datronia mollis added to Fungi Gallery 9.
6th October 2014 - Aceria myriadeum, Asphondylia sarothamni and Geocrypta galii added to Gall Gallery 4.
29th September 2014 - Common White Wave added to Moth Gallery 8.
22nd September 2014 - Tachycixius pilosus added to Insect Gallery 4. Oh and seeing I haven't bunged a picture on here for a bit here is one I have overlooked - a bug fungus known as Zoophthora forficulae - it kills Earwigs - awww!
15th September 2014 - Light Emerald added to Moth Gallery 8.
6th September 2014 - Lassus lanio added to Insect Gallery 4.
27th August 2014 - Himacerus major added to Insect Gallery 4.
16th August 2014 - Xylaria longipes added to Fungal Gallery 9.
12th August 2014 - Wart-Biter added to the Orthoptera Gallery and new sightings added from Warwickshire and East Sussex.
28th July 2014 - Lactarius quietus added to Fungal Gallery 9.
19th July 2014 - Tetraneura ulmi added to Gall Gallery 4. Eupeodes luniger added to Insect Gallery 4.
9th July 2014 - Melanostoma scalare added to Insect Gallery 4.
3rd July 2014 - Epistrophe eligans added to Insect Gallery 4
23rd June 2014 - Pale Prominent added to Moth Gallery 8
12th June 2014 - Chalk Carpet added to Moth Gallery 8 and updates to Green Hairstreak and Small Copper in the Butterfly Galleries.
6th June 2014 - Broom Moth Larva added to Larval Gallery 2.
1st June 2014 - Loads of new sightings in the Diary and Dasysyrphus albostriatus added to Insect Gallery 4.
22nd May 2014 - And yet 2 more plant galls added to Gallery 4, this time Loewiola centaureae and Aceria galiobia.
13th May 2014 - Still working at getting rid of some old shots and replacing with something better with Helophilus pendulus and Privet Hawkmoth being updated.
8th May 2014 - Contarinia loti added to Gall Gallery 4.
1st May 2014 - Hayhurstia atriplicis has been added to Gall Gallery 4.
22nd April 2014 - White Satin added to Moth Gallery 8 and Brown Hairstreak and Comma photo's updated in the Butterfly Galleries.
13th April 2014 - Nuctenea umbratica added to Arachnid Gallery 1 and Grayling photo updated in Butterfly Gallery 4.
4th April 2014 - Plain Golden Y added to Moth Gallery 8.
29th March 2014 - 2 pictures of Great Green Bush Cricket added to the Orthoptera Extras link here.
20th March 2014 - Scarce Silver Lines added to Moth gallery 8.
12th March 2013 - Harmandiola tremulae added to Gall Gallery 4.
10th March 2014 - Moods, The Mere and Marshide now added to the Wild Wanders menu. Loads of new sighting also added to the Diary section here.
2nd March 2014 - Aceria fraxinivora added to Gall Gallery 4. Silver Studded Blue photo updated in Butterfly Gallery 1.
28th February 2014 - A quick note, the race for picking up trash is still on and The Fungal Three have now done 1078 pieces of rubbish whilst out and about. The Tessier Two are in 2nd on an admirable 400. It looks like it will end up a two horse race, never mind - I just hope the birds and beasts appreciate it.
23rd February 2014 - Wachtliella persicariae added to Gall Gallery 4.
15th February 2014 - Silver Washed Fritillary has been added to Butterfly Gallery 2 and a few updates to other butterfly pics have been made, namely Large White, Common Blue and Peacock. I am trying to improve the quality of shots all the time but my photography is a case of point, click and hope - I am an amateur naturalist and a strict moocher, standing still taking photo's is not for the curious fidget - I am trying though!
7th February 2014 - Still crook to be honest but Evarcha arcuata has been added to Arachnid Gallery 1.
1st February 2014 - I am on hold at the moment whilst suffering with severe gastroenteritis - not my idea of fun but, in the meantime, Diplolepis spinosissimae has been added to Gall Gallery 4. Apologies to all for slow e-mail responses.
20th January 2014 - Exidia plana added to Fungal Gallery 9. Also to add - The Bin the Bottle/Can the Can Race has new been changed and any bit of trash picked up will count. It makes senses - whilst out and about a bit of clearing can be done so as to help our wild friends and keep some places looking half decent. Sadly only 4 groups are taking part but it is better than none. Totals at foot of page.
13th January 2014 - Lesser Stag Beetle added to Insect Gallery 4 and whilst we are at it, have a picture of the larvae of its larger relative, the Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus).
3rd January 2014 - New Wild Wander up - 'A Long Day At Some Old Favourites'.
1st January 2014 - New sightings up in the Diary and Fungal Friends section plus Common Groundhopper and Slender Groundhopper added to the Orthoptera Gallery. Bin the Bottle total - 92 (see 16th October 2013 for details - yearly running total at foot of page)!
31st December 2013 - Well that is it - another year done and dusted and much seen and enjoyed, be it rare or common. Thank you and all the best to those that have attended my events, supported what I do or even dipped in on the website here and become enthused - I try my humble best. Hopefully we can do more of the same next year and enjoy some of the wild marvels out there and encourage a few to look after things and do their own bit to keep things protected and flourishing. We live in an age of self, ego and materialism - it ain't going to be easy - when people are more impressed with cars, buildings, clothing labels and celebrities rather than a flower, a bird, a bug or a fungus we know we are in big, big trouble but...we can try! By the way the total number of species seen this year was....wait for it, wait for it...1460. Looks like the target next year has got to be 1500 but with no reliable car at the mo the start could be a poor one! Nevertheless we will enjoy what we do see and make sure we get others doing the same. Take care people, keep mooching!
18th December 2013 - New Forest Shieldbug added to Insect Gallery 4.
8th December 2012 - Puccinia menthae added to Micro Fungi Gallery 3.
3rd December 2013 - Puccinia distincta added to Micro Fungi Gallery 3.
29th November 2013 - Large Yellow Underwing and Garden Carpet added to Moth Gallery 7.
20th November 2013 - Melampsoridium betulinum and Puccinia arenariae both added to Micro Fungi Gallery 3.
14th November 2013 - 'Decision Eventually Made' added to the Wild Wanders section.
11th November 2013 - Helvella elastica added to Fungal Gallery 9.
3rd November 2013 - Scorched Wing added to Larvae gallery 2.
25th October 2013 - Aceria labiatiflorae added to Gall Gallery 3.
17th October 2013 - Humaria hemisphaerica added to Fungal Gallery 9.
16th October 2013 - BIN THE BOTTLE, CAN THE CAN - I have a gripe (one of many) and it is with the useless, destructive, ignorant crime of litter bugging. That in itself is bad enough - harumph. Add to this the ubiquitous tossed aside plastic bottle and the equally omnipresent discarded tin can - now this gets under my ever prickled skin. Why can people not take their refuse home, why do they feel the need to throw it away in such a vulgar and uneducated way and make our green and nature friendly escapes a veritable rubbish tip? I could go on forever, there are many other sub-areas that get me equally irate and at a loss for words with some of the disheartening mentality out there - but I won't - I shall bite my lip. What I will do is set a challenge, a challenge all we nature lovers should take up - a quest to see who can do their bit in a fun but effective way. The gauntlet is thrown down - will you take part in the BIN THE BOTTLE RACE. Basically whilst you are out and about wandering in search of many a wild gem I am requesting you to pick up, bin and keep count of as many bottles and cans as possible and duly submit thy totals on a monthly basis. It can be a contest to see who can bag the most (come on - most of us are listers anyway), a bit of fun in a competitive way whilst removing this unwanted trash from our countryside. I'll even buy a trophy for the winner - KING OR QUEEN OF THE CLEAR-UP - which can be presented at the end of the year. The challenge can run for the whole duration of 2014 - and if many are involved the only outcome can be a positive one. I for one am doing this thing anyway and am using the task as a way of just doing that extra little bit for many species that bring me untold pleasure - like I say it all brings positive results.
So there you have it - are you in, out or couldn't give a hoot - your call, no pressure. We can keep tally on the site here so all those involved can view.
Come on let us make a small difference, let us do our humble bit - we get out and about, we can clear things up!
Involved so far are - Brenda Yates (Marbury Country Park); Eagle Spits and his fine lady Rachel, my Fungalised self and 2 sweet lasses - let us get you on board.
11th October 2013 - 'Early Sunbeams On A Quiet Wander' added to the Wild Wanders section - where else?
3rd October 2013 - Northern Dune Tiger Beetle added to Insect Gallery 4.
26th September 2013 - Tibellus oblongus now added to Arachnid Gallery 1.
20th September 2013 - A review of the Tatton Park Fungal Foray has been kindly written by Ian Craven of Fungal Friends - enjoy!
13th September 2013 - Dasineura viciae and Lipara lucens added to Gall Gallery 3.
3rd September 2013 - Taphrina pruni added to Gall Gallery 3.
31st August 2013 - A hectic month with loads of sightings in the Diary and Fungal Friends sections but I have managed to get one more picture up for the month, this time White Letter Hairstreak added to Butterfly Gallery 3.
12th August 2013 - Been bobbing around the country of late so many new sightings in the diary section. Common Broomrape has now been added to Wild Flower Gallery 3 and Tachina fera added to Insect Gallery 4.
23rd July 2013 - Dasineura fraxini and Aceria pseudoplatani added to Gall Gallery 3.
15th July 2013 - Phyllocoptes goniothorax added to Gall Gallery 3.
8th July 2013 - We did it - we (myself, good lady wife and equally great daughter) have seen every British mainland butterfly species and so Mountain Ringlet has been added to Butterfly Gallery 4. Along the way I have took pictures in my usual amateurish style and it seems I have only 3 species left to snap although several both on and off the site do need improvement shots - mmm - maybe I shall have a potter at completing the set. Then again...as I always state I ain't a photographer but an amateur DIY naturalist who now and again points, presses and hopes - don't hold yer breath fellow moochers.
1st July 2013 - Mother of Pearl added to Moth Gallery 7.
26th June 2013 - New Wild Wander now up - 'Twitched At Tatton'.
24th June 2013 - Green Silver Lines added to Moth Gallery 7 and Eriophyes leiosoma added to Gall Gallery 3.
17th June 2013 - Phaeolus schweinitzii added to Fungal Gallery 9, Cecidophyopsis psilaspis added to Gall Gallery 3.
13th June 2013 - Straw Underwing added to Moth Gallery 7.
7th June 2013 - Marsh Helleborine added to the Wild Flower Gallery
1st June 2013 - Urocystis anemones added to Micro Fungi Gallery 3.
22nd May 2013 - Eriophyes inangulis, Pontania gallarum and Taphrina tosquinetii added to Gall Gallery 3.
14th May 2013 - Rhingia campestris added to Insect Gallery 4. Latest Green Grub article - 'Reduce The C02' - wise words indeed.
10th May 2013 - New Wild Wander up - 'Staying Local'.
9th May 2013 - Loads of 2013 sightings now up in both Fungal Friends and the Diary, the year is moving on. I got the camera out for the first time in 6 months and here is a shot of two Hoverflies. Eristalis pertinax is the latin by the way - a common species that seems to like the flush of Gorse early in the year - I wonder if that combination of bright yellow and coconut scent that the shrub gives off is an aphrodisiac?
5th May 2013 - Coremacera marginata and Philonicus albiceps added to Insect Gallery 3.
27th April 2013 - Melampsora euphorbiae added to Micro Fungal Gallery 3.
21st April 2013 - Eupontania viminalis added to Gall Gallery 3.
11th April 2013 - Short Winged Conehead added to the Orthoptera Gallery. A new Wild Wander added - this time entitled 'Consistency Incarnate'. Have a read!
4th April 2013 - Mompha sturnipennella added to Gall Gallery 3.
28th March 2013 - 'An American In Wakefield' added to the Wild Wanders section.
27th March 2013 - Calocera pallido-spathulata added to Fungal Gallery 9.
20th March 2013 - 'Always wanting a little Moore' added to the Wild Wanders section.
19th March 2013 - Wild Thyme added to Wild Flower Gallery 2.
12th March 2013 - New Wild Wanders section added, updates will hopefully be plentiful.
6th March 2013 - Phragmidium tuberculatum added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
26th February 2013 - Scleroderma citrinum added to Fungal Gallery
18th February 2013 - The Miller added to Moth Gallery 7.
11th February 2013 - Adaina microdactyla and Urophora cardui added to Gall Gallery 3.
9th February 2013 - New Green Grub article - Love Is All Around.
5th February 2013 - Dot Moth added to Moth Gallery 7.
28th January 2013 - Ascocoryne cylichnium added to Fungal Gallery 9.
22nd January 2013 - 3 new pictures in the Guest Gallery thanks to Steve Axford from Australia. The pictures contribued are given the names Satan's Fly Trap, Luminous Mycena and Punk Rock Mycenas - fascinated - have a nosey and then check out Steve's impressive website found in the links section - great stuff all round!
20th January 2013 - Araneus angulatus added to Arachnid Gallery 1 and the Araneus diadematus picture updated. New Green Grub article up - this time New Year Encouragement.
13th January 2013 - Kiefferia pericarpiicola and Taxomyia taxi added to Gall Gallery 2 and the Brimstone butterfly picture updated in the Butterfly/Moths Gallery.
6th January 2013 - Eyebright added to Wild Flowers Gallery 2. First lists of the year now up in the Diary and Fungal Friends sections.
1st January 2013 - 1246 species were identified and listed during 2012 which is about a hundred down on last year - not bad considering the weather and what not. Some wonderful things were seen and contemplated and some decent people met. Keep at it!
Oh by the way here is the first update of the New Year - Strumpshaw Fen added to the Site Guide section.
Well here's to a grand New Year to all wildlife enthusiasts and hopefully we can all do a bit more to help our natural world. At the end of the day our pleasure isn't the most important thing but what we can do to encourage and inspire people to take care, respect and improve our wild world is what really matters. Taking photo's and listing is all well and good but without any action what is the point? Remember record your findings as best you can, tell people about your discoveries, take someone on a walk and point out the real gems many just pass by. Hey and now and again make a donation to something close to your heart - make that minor difference. Anyway good on you all for taking the time for reading this and hopefully catch you in the field somehwere. Let's hope the sun shines soon!
23rd December 2012 - Jaapiella veronicae added to Gall Gallery 2.
13th December 2012 - Postia caesia added to Fungal Gallery 9.
12th December 2012 - New article in the Green Grub Section - 'So This Is Christmas'. All sightings diaries brought up to date with bird and moth sightings.
7th December 2012 - Tadnoll/Winfrith Heath added to the Site Guide Section.
5th December 2012 - Abbotsbury now added to the Site Guide section.
1st December 2012 - Dasineura kiefferiana added to Gall Gallery 2.
26th November 2012 - Foulshaw Moss added to the Site Guide section.
22nd November 2012 - New Green Grub section added on the main inner page. Stephanie Lynch will be the brains behind the content - a nice lass with a good heart and keen to do her bit for all things natural. Keep checking back folks!
19th November 2012 - Park Gate Down added to the Site Guide section.
16th November 2012 - Darland Banks added to the Site Guide section.
12th November 2012 - Ogof Ffynnon Ddu added to the Site Guide section.
10th November 2012 - Eyarth Rocks added to the Site Guide section.
3rd November 2012 - All fungal lists for 2012 now up in the Fungal Friends section plus a new ID Workshop - The Tatton Beech (An ongoing saga).
29th October 2012 - 2 more galls added to Gall Gallery 2, this time they are Dasineura crategi and Aceria sanguisorbae.
24th October 2012 - Oleander Hawkmoth added to Larva Gallery 2.
15th October 2012 - New lists now up in the Fungal Friends Sightings area and Myathropa florea added to Insect Gallery 3. Most Galleries now completed as far as updates go - just the Butterfly and Moth section to go!
4th October 2012 - Loads of new sightings in the Fungal Friends area, 2013 Fungal Forays all booked in and so anyone wanting a Fungalpunk wander will have to wait until 2014 - sorry folks - 10 a year it is as I gotta start taking care of myself and Dasineura pustulans added to Gall Gallery 2.
21st September 2012 - Dasineura pteridis added to Gall Gallery 2.
14th September 2012 - STOP PRESS - Site being altered at the moment with new layout in progress. The Orthoptera, Gall and Lichen Galleries are now complete.
13th September 2012 - Garlic Mustard added to Wildflower Gallery 2 and Claviceps purpurea added to Fungal Gallery 9.
6th September 2012 - Dasineura trifolii and Trioza centranthi added to Gall Gallery 2.
13th August 2012 - Macrodiplosis pustularis added to Gall Gallery 2.
6th August 2012 - Puccinia umbilici added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
3rd August 2012 - Eriophyes sorbi and Andricus curvator added to Gall Gallery 2.
28th July 2012 - Phyllocoptes populi added to Gall Gallery 2.
20th July 2012 - Variable Damselfly added to Damsels and Dragons Gallery 1. Also another microscopic shot - this time of a lethal predator - the jaws belong to the aquatic hunters the dragonfly larvae - I pity the bug to get caught up in those.
17th July 2012 - Just because its raining doesn't mean the wildlife enjoyment has to stop. Here's an insect tarsus viewed and snapped down the microscope. Look at those numerous hairs for maximum sensitivity.
14th July 2012 - Common Green Grasshopper added to Orthoptera Gallery 2.
9th July 2012 - Puccinia annularis added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2. Club Tailed Dragonfly added to the Nature Gallery. Small White picture replaced in Butterfly Gallery 1.
2nd July 2012 - Puccinia recondita added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
27th June 2012 - Wall Brown added to Butterfly Gallery 4.
24th June 2012 - Neuroterus quercusbaccarum (sexual stage) added to Gall Gallery 2.
20th June 2012 - Bird's-Foot added to Wild Flower Gallery 2 and Geoglossum fallax added to Fungal Gallery 8..
11th June 2012 - Puccinia betonicae added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
2nd June 2012 - Arne RSPB added to the Site Guide Link.
31st May 2012 - Durlston Country Park added to the Site Guide link.
25th May 2012 - Ichneumon sarcitorius added to Insect Gallery 3 and Eriophyes similis added to Gall Gallery 2.
11th May 2012 - Lathkill Dale added to the Site Guide link.
10th May 1012 - Grizedale Forest added to the Site Guide link.
9th May 2012 - Alners Gorse added to the Site Guide link.
8th May 2012 - Lopwell Dam added to the Site Guide link.
1st May 2012 - Down Shieldbug added to Insect Gallery 3. New painting in the Guest Gallery by the talented David Edwards - this one another Portland classic entitled 'A Hedge To Poke Around In'.
23rd April 2012 - Spiked Shieldbug added to Insect Gallery 3.
13th April 2012 - Burnished Brass added to Moth Gallery 7.
7th April 2012 - Cantharis pellucida added to Insect Gallery 3.
30th March 2012 - Melampsora populnea and Phragmidium sanguisorbae added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
22nd March 2012 - Old Lady Moth added to Moth Gallery 7.
13th March 2012 - Agrobacterium tumefacians and Rhopalomyia millefolii added to Gall Gallery 1.
9th March 2012 - 14 pictures now in the Guest Gallery - this time additions from Ian Craven, Ted Stevens and Tom Derri - cheers chaps.
7th March 2012 - Dasyneura urticae and Dasyneura ulmariae added to Gall Gallery 1. Also just to add - this was the Bittern we saw at Mere Sands Wood the other day which gave, in birding terms, 'crippling views'. Sincere thanks to Ted Stevens for this shot of what is usually an elusive bird.
4th March 2012 - Rutstroemia firma added to Fungal Gallery 8.
27th February 2012 - Svensson's Copper Underwing added to Moth Gallery 7.
15th February 2012 - Taphrina alni added to Gall Gallery 1.
12th February 2012 - Slipper Limpet added to Seashore Gallery 1.
5th February 2012 - Rhodocolybia butyracea added to Fungal Gallery 8.
31st January 2012 - Nectria cinnabarina and Peniophora lycii added to Fungal Gallery 8.
30th January 2012 - Correspondence back from one of our recent Punk For The Homeless/Animals gig recipients:-
BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION - 'Thank you very much for your most recent donation to Butterfly Conservation, of £200. Your continuing support is very much appreciated.
Your gift will be put to good use conserving butterflies, moths and their habitats in the UK. I am delighted to report that several of our most threatened species are beginning to show signs of recovery as a result of sensitive conservation management work. In Cumbria and Lancashire the Morecambe Bay project is helping to save one of the last strongholds of the High Brown and Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Sensitive habitat management meant the High Brown Fritillary colonised several newly coppiced areas last year, and we hope the Pearl-bordered Fritillary will soon follow.
As ever, there remains plenty more to do if we are to reverse the decades of decline and habitat loss, and for this we are very grateful for your support.
With many thanks for your kind donation'.
21st January 2012 - Netelia testacea and Ophonus ardosiacus added to Insect Gallery 3. Also £400 was raised by the Punks for The Homeless/Animals gig in Stoke On Trent - so its £200 to the Homeless and £200 to Butterfly Conservation - not bad at all.
9th January 2012 - Crepidotus cesatii added to Fungal Gallery 8.
1st January 2012 - Bovista plumbea and Mycena pura added to Fungal Gallery 8. Also just to add - 1341 species were identified and listed during 2011 which isn't a bad haul considering we are busy on so many fronts. Here's to another good total this year with hopefully plenty of new species.
11th December 2011 - Slippery Jack added to Fungal Gallery 8. Also some news of the fund raising event that took place in Kensing so as to help the plight of the Orang-utan. £165 was raised and a big thanks from Deborah Tessier goes to all who chipped in towards the final total. From this end - well done Deborah and keep up the marvellous work - inspirational.
1st December 2011 - Crucibulum laeve and Cyathus striatus added to Fungal Gallery 8.
28th November 2011 - NEWSFLASH - One of our dear friends is doing her bit for the wild world this weekend - here is the low down folks and take note indeed and get out there and do your bit! It is all very well and good whizzing around looking at wildlife here and there, taking photo's and chatting about this, that and t'other but without spreading the word to the neutrals, without trying to raise a bit of cash, without stopping this bastard machine known as humanity from ruining everything then what really is the point.
Monkey Mayhem is coming to Kemsing !
Wildlife enthusiast and volunteer fundraiser for INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE, Deborah Tessier, from Sevenoaks, will be bringing a multitude of cuddly rescue monkeys and apes to Kemsing Primary School’s Christmas Fayre on December 3rd, Deborah is hoping to find forever-homes for all the abandoned primates currently in her care and, at the same time, raise urgently needed funds for IAR’s orang-utan project in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
Visitors to the fayre will be able to take home monkeys or apes while all proceeds from the modest “adoption fees” will go towards orang-utan rescue and rehabilitation.
“Survival in the wild for our hairy orange cousin, the orang-utan, is becoming increasingly catastrophic,” Deborah states. “Destruction of their forest home to make way for oil palm plantations continues at an unprecedented rate.” She goes on to explain that palm oil is found in so many of the products in our weekly supermarket shop because it is the cheapest vegetable fat on the market. Sadly, however, the orang-utan pays the ultimate price.
Between 2 and 4pm on Saturday December 3rd fayre goers can directly help to save the orang-utan by re-homing a cuddly monkey or ape. A life-size baby orang-utan and chimpanzee will be available for cuddles and hugs and there will be photographs of IAR’s work on show.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible at the event and finding lots of new homes for the primates too. It’s such a fun way to raise money and awareness and with Christmas just round the corner cuddly primates make perfect presents !” says Deborah.
More information from :
Deborah Tessier firstname.lastname@example.org
Soft toy photography copyright www.simonearwicker.com
West Kalimantan photography copyright IAR
Great stuff Deborah and I am sure the event will go absolutely brilliantly.
21st November 2011 - Tawny Cockroach added to Insect Gallery 3.
20th November 2011 - Laccaria laccata added to Fungal Gallery 8
7th November 2011 - New Red Admiral Picture added to Butterfly Gallery 2, New picture added to the Nature Gallery here and Dunnock added to Avain Gallery.
1st November 2011 - The picture for Great Green Bush Cricket has been changed in Orthoptera Gallery 1 and Dark Bush Cricket has been added to Orthoptera Gallery 2.
18th October 2011 - Roesel's Bush Cricket now added to Orthoptera Gallery 2.
12th October 2011 - Archer's Dart now added to Moth Gallery 7.
11th October 2011 - Elliot Capper, member of Fungal Friends and lover of all things hardcore sent me the picture below - me being a grumpy punk bugger may be true after all!
4th October 2011 - Andricus quercuscalicis and Andricus fecundator added to the Gall Gallery.
23rd September 2011 - Brown Argus added to Butterfly Gallery 3 and Cystophora sonchi added to Gall Gallery 1.
17th September 2011 - Trachyspora intrusa and Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
14th September 2011 - Wood Cricket has been added to Orthopteran Gallery 2. Here is another picture from the hand of David Edwards - feedback once more would be appreciated. I love the added warmth to this one.
6th September 2011 - Willow Warbler added to the new Avian Gallery.
5th September 2011 - After a recent Punk For Animals gig money was donated to several charities - here is a little feedback from some of the recipients.
BUGLIFE - 'Thank you for your donation! I would like to thank you for your kind donation towards Buglife.
The food we eat, the fish we catch, the birds we see, the flowers we smell and the hum of life we hear, simply would not exist without bugs. An amazing one in three mouthfuls of our food depends upon insect pollination. Can you imagine a world without honey, chocolate, coffee and strawberries? Neither can we, but without bugs we would have none of these.
Bugs are facing an extinction crisis. Many wonderful bugs are declining both in the UK and worldwide. Sadly, three types of bumblebees are now extinct in the UK, seven out of ten types of butterflies are in significant decline and over six out of ten riverflies have disappeared in recent years. But it’s not too late to make a difference!
Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is the only organisation in Europe committed to the conservation of all invertebrates. Buglife is a very small charity and we depend on the support of people like you. With the help of our members and supporters, we are able to raise awareness of just how important bugs are, and how endangered many species now are. We are able to take practical conservation action to help stop these declines, and campaign for the conservation of invertebrates and the places they live in.
Thank you for your support'.
BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION - 'Thank you so much for your kind donation to Butterfly Conservation which will be used very wisely.
It has been most pleasing that last summer’s good weather has given butterflies and moths the opportunity to respond to many of our landscape projects, with some outstanding results throughout the UK. Amongst many other species Marsh Fritillary numbers have been spectacular; the High Brown Fritillary has responded exceptionally well to our last four year’s habitat improvements in Wales and our project in the Morecambe Bay Limestones has also grown very successfully.
Whilst we know that our landscape-scale approach to butterfly and moth habitat management and conservation is working, we are constantly striving to increase our efforts and to raise awareness with government, landowners and other key partners. For this to succeed we need all the support we can muster and gifts such as your kind donation are a welcome endorsement and support for our actions'.
ANIMAL AID - 'Thanks once again for your compassion and generosity. P.S. We've got a few punk(er)s working in the office here so I've sent your links around'.
Cheers to all the punkers who helped the cause and up yours to all the ones that knew about it and couldn't be bothered to turn up but rather use their cash to contribute to something less punk rock.
4th September 2011 - Knot Grass added to Moth Gallery 7.
23rd August 2011 - Chocolate Tip and Scarce Chocolate Tip added to Moth Gallery 7.
17th August 2011 - During our journeys down to the lighthouse at Portland Bill we meet some marvellous characters many of whom have a certain enthusiasm for their chosen pastime, art, hobby or whatever you want to call it. One such person is the delightfully unassuming David Edwards who potters with the wildlife, rides his bike for miles and who dabbles at the old ‘painting a scene’ game. Having been keen to view David's work I was more than a little impressed as were my good wife and daughter as he laid out various efforts on the Observatory tables. Various communication between myself and David as resulted in him allowing me the privilege in showcasing his work on this latest news section. The offer to do a section entirely for himself was refused as David stated quite nicely 'My feeling at the moment is, go for the simple option and put them with the 'latest news'. They will interest your readers who know Portland, and perhaps a few others who try their hand at some painting themselves'. Told ya, totally unassuming. Anyway enough of my techno chin-wagging - here is the first of David’s offerings. The view is of a jumble of rocks and plants that was done towards Cheyne House, along a quarry path. It perfectly captures the essence of Portland some admire and indeed understand. Personally I think its bloody marvellous but I can hear David’s ever humble tones proclaim modestly 'It's alright I suppose'. What a dude!
Feedback on any of David's work is most welcome at my usual e-mail address at email@example.com and I promise to pass on all comments direct to David himself. Thank you!
16th August 2011 - Lackey Moth added to Moth Gallery 7.
6th August 2011 - STOP PRESS - new Avian Portraits section added (Sedge Warbler and Mute Swan the first additions) and all sightings from our recent trip to Dorset and Kent are now up.
17th July 2011 - Galeruca tanaceti added to Insect Gallery 3.
6th July 2011 - Cryptosiphum artemisiae and Phytoptus padi added to the Gall Gallery in the Others Section.
2nd July 2011 - Attelabus nitens added to Insect Gallery 3.
23rd June 2011 - Broad Bodied Chaser and Southern Damselfly added to Dragons and Damsels Gallery 1.
22nd June 2011 - As I plough through my backlog of photographs I will be replacing existing ones with efforts I deem to be better, therefore the whole site will hopefully be enhanced. As I always say I ain't no photographer but just a moocher. Anyway - Marbled White has been altered in Butterfly Gallery 1 so a start has been made.
11th June 2011 - Prawle Point added to the Site Guide page.
9th June 2011 - The link below on the 4th of June has now been amended thanks to information received from that fungal font of knowledge Stuart Skeates of the Hampshire Fungus Group. I quote:-
'I hope you don’t mind me saying this but I heard recently that the smuts on Silene have been split up and the smut on red campion (S dioica) is Microbotryum silenes-dioicae and the one on white campion (S latifolia = S alba) is Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae . Bl**dy ‘ell as they say.'
Yes 'bloody hell' indeed. Cheers to Stuart and the search is on for the latter species. Now where did I last see White Campion.
4th June 2011 - Microbotryum violaceum added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
28th May 2011 - Cuckooflower and Bush Vetch added to Wild Flower Gallery 1.
22nd May 2011 - Water Avens added to Wild Flower Gallery 1.
12th May 2011 - Hypocrea pulvinata added to Fungal Gallery 8 and Puccinia tumida added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
5th May 2011 - Phragmidium violaceum added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
23rd April 2011 - Puccinia violae added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
13th April 2011 - Hypoxylon fragiforme added to Fungal Gallery 8.
7th April 2011 - Scaeva pyrastri added to Insect Gallery 3.
29th March 2011 - Otidea bufonia added to Fungal Gallery 8 and Scaly Cricket picture changed in Orthoptera Gallery 2. Also just wanted to add the picture below to show how lichen can quickly take hold in the most likely of places. I neither know what age the skull is or from what species it has come but if anyone has any pointers please let me know. It was found on the coast in Dorset so hopefully that may point out the species. A corvid perhaps? Nevertheless I was intrigued by the lichen on it so took as snap, stored on my computer and finally got around to publishing below.
22nd March 2011 - Travellers Joy added to Wild Flower Gallery 1.
14th March 2011 - Daldinia fissa added to Fungal Gallery 8.
4th March 2011 - Gloeophyllum sepiarium added to Fungal Gallery 7.
22nd February 2011 - Boletus edulis added to Fungal Gallery 7.
12th February 2011 - Heart And Dart added to Moth Gallery 7.
5th February 2011 - Puccinia punctiformis added to Micro Fungal Gallery 2.
23rd January 2011 - Pebble Prominent added to Moth Gallery 6.
11th January 2011 - Encoelia furfuracea added to Fungal Gallery 7.
2nd January 2011 - Green Arches added to Moth Gallery 6 and new sightings added in the Diary and Fungal Friends section
10th December 2010 - Serica brunnea added to Insect Gallery 3. The Drinker and Spurge Hawkmoth picture added to the Nature Gallery here.
2nd December 2010 - New ID Workshop on Armillaria added in the Fungal Friend section here.
1st December 2010 - Scalloped Hazel and White Point added to Moth Gallery 6.
24th November 2010 - Buff Ermine added to Moth Gallery 6.
18th November 2010 - Blue Rayed Limpet added to Seashore Gallery 2.
11th November 2010 - Chlorophyllum rhacodes added to Fungal Gallery 7 and latest news added to the Fungal Friends section.
3rd November 2010 - Clitocybe geotropa added to Fungal Gallery 6.
27th October 2010 - Spurge Hawkmoth and Sallow Kitten larvae added to Larval Gallery 1.
23rd October 2010 - New Dog Stinkhorn picture added here amd Lactarius vietus added to Fungal Gallery 6. New fungal updates here.
13th October 2010 - Trametes versicolor added to Fungal Gallery 6.
5th October 2010 - Dacrymyces stillatus added to Fungal Gallery 6.
28th September 2010 - Agaricus macrosporus added Fungal Gallery 5.
16th September 2010 - Scleroderma verrucosum added to Fungal Gallery 5.
1st September 2010 - Scaly Cricket added to Orthoptera Gallery 2.
11th August 2010 - Gomphidius maculatus added to Fungal Gallery 7.
7th August 2010 - Yellow Tail Moth added to Moth Gallery 6 and Poplar Grey added to Moth Gallery 2.
25th July 2010 - Clouded Bordered Brindle added to Moth Gallery 6.
16th July 2010 - Spurge Hawkmoth and Pine Hawkmoth added to Moth Gallery 6.
15th July 2010 - Spurge Hawkmoth life cycle added to the Butterflies/Moths section here.
7th July 2010 - Purple Emperor added to Butterfly Gallery 3.
29th June 2010 - Hairy Dragonfly added to the Damsels and Dragons Gallery 1. New sightings aplenty in the Dairy too.
16th June 2010 - Sallow Kitten added to Moth Gallery 6. Whilst feeding my small collection of Spurge Hawkmoth larvae I handled a fair amount of Spurge. I had done this several times to no ill effect. After doing various chores and catching a bit of sun approximately 1 hour later I drew the back of my hand across my lower brow and upper eyes. Within seconds my eyes were pouring and burning like mad. Two and two equals four and I made the connection with the Spurge and set about looking up for possible reactions via the internet. I knew that Spurge was an irritant but didn't realise the potency is still capable of causing such optic irritation. Apparently if a good dose is had in the eyes then permanent blindness can occur. Yikes! A good rinse of the eyes in cold water then a trip to the walk-in doctors was had whereupon I was issued with eye-drops. Thankfully as I type the burning and inflammation has subsided but the main point I am trying to make is never underestimate the power of nature’s toxins. Next time the marigold gloves are out and sincere care taken. TAKE HEED! By the way the larvae are munching fine and getting through the Spurge as quick as I feed em'. Little buggers!
6th June 2010 - Club Tailed Dragonfly added to Dragons and Damsels Gallery 1.
4th June 2010 - The extremely rare Bauhinus marginalis added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
26th May 2010 - Melampsorella symphyti added to Micro Fungi Gallery 2.
17th May 2010 - Pottering about photographing a few moths resulted in one unlucky fellow falling between two leaves of a Lily plant. Looking up in a helpless way I couldn't resist a photo. Hopefully the moth came to life at night and flew away safely. By the way can you guess the species? Also Puccinia aegopodii added to Micro Fungi Gallery.
15th May 2010 - Puccinia vincae and spoes added to Micro Fungi Gallery 1.
13th May 2010 - Eristalis pertinax added to Insect Gallery 3 and Large Red Damselfly added to the Dragonfly Gallery.
6th May 2010 - Powdered Quaker added to Moth Gallery 6 plus various spore shots added to the Micro Fungi Gallery here.
28th April 2010 - Uromyces ficariae added to the Micro Fungi Gallery.
21st April 2010 - Spring has arrived and birds are nesting here, there and everywhere. Some use a bit of nouse and secretly make their rearing homes in the most obscure and hard to find places whereas some innocently construct the nest in, well, the most exposed option possible. The little sweet thing below really needs to get to grips with the art of concealment.
20th April 2010 - Cumminsiella mirabilissima, Uromyces dactylidis and Melampsora allii-populina added to Micro Fungi Gallery.
12th April 2010 - Puccinia smyrnii and Rhopographus filicinus added to the Micro Fungi Gallery.
6th April 2010 - Gorse Shieldbug added to Insect Gallery 6.
29th March 2010 - Uromyces muscari added to Micro Fungi Gallery and updates to the Larval Growth example here.
25th March 2010 - Caloptilia alchimella added to Micro Moth Gallery 4. Sarcoscypha ID workshop added to the Fungal Friends area here and Larval Growth example added to the Butterflies and Moths section here.
20th March 2010 - Early Grey added to Moth Gallery 6 and here is a shot of the said moth from a front-on perspective.
14th March 2010 - Blackneck and Lime Speck Pug now up at Moth Gallery 6.
4th March 2010 - Violet Ground Beetle added to Insect Gallery 2 and Salad Burnet added to the Nature Gallery.
26th February 2010 - Shuttle Shaped Dart and The Streak added to Moth Gallery 6.
19th February 2010 - Setaceous Hebrew Character added to Moth Gallery 5.
11th February 2010 - Common Wainscot added to Moth Gallery 5.
4th February 2010 - Vine Weevil added to Insect Gallery 2, Orthoptera Extras updated and new Orthoptera Morphology section added here.
25th January 2010 - Chinese Character Moth added to Moth Gallery 5.
21st January 2010 - New Orthoptera Extras section here.
19th January 2010 - The hoverflies have been named as Lunar Fly (Eupeodes corollae) by Jason Green of London Invertebrates. Thanks man and a link to his site can be found on the links page.
15th January 2010 - Six Spot Burnet added to Moth Gallery 5.
9th January 2010 - Desert Locust added to Orthoptera Gallery 1 and to the Nature Gallery here. Check out both pictures - pretty critters to be sure!
6th January 2010 - Cheshire Active Naturalists diary of events can be accessed here - quite impressive to say the least! The fungal walk looks to be a good un' in particular.
3rd January 2010 - Tachina grossa added to Insect Gallery 2 and updates to the Diary sightings page here.
30th December 2009 - Been struggling to get anything done lately due to a complete deluge of CD's to review and other stuff to sort. Here's the last update for 2009 - some spores linked on the Hypholoma fasciculare page.
12th December 2009 - Hapalopilus nidulans and Hygrocybe virginea added to Fungal Gallery 4 and Tylopilus felleus added to Fungal Gallery 5.
5th December 2009 - December Moth added to Moth Gallery 5. 2 new additions to the new 'Workshop ID 'link in the Fungal Friends section. Click here to enter.
28th November 2009 - Toadflax Brocade added to Moth Gallery 5.
14th November 2009 - Speckled Bush Cricket and Mottled Grasshopper added to Orthoptera Gallery.
8th November 2009 - Portland Ribbon Wave, Pale Eggar and Yellow Belle all added to Moth Gallery 5.
30th October 2009 - Neobulgaria pura and Boletus parasiticus added to Fungal Gallery plus the first ever Fungal Friends Competition here.
24th October 2009 - Laetiporus sulphureus and Helvella lacunosa added to fungal gallery 3. Updates to recent lists now made after microscopy work.
8th October 2009 - Silver Y and Gold Spot added to moth gallery 5.
6th October 2009 - Bordered Straw and Ni Moth added to Moth Gallery 5. More recent sightings in the Fungal Friends section here.
29th September 2009 - Woodland Grasshopper and Bog Bush Cricket added to the new Orthoptera gallery. Quite a few recent sightings added in the Fungal Friends section here.
14th September 2009 - Lesser Marsh Grasshopper and Rufous Grasshopper added to the new Orthoptera gallery.
4th September 2009 - Heath Grasshopper and Long Winged Conehead added to the new Orthoptera gallery.
1st September 2009 - Large Marsh Grasshopper and Striped Winged Grasshopper added to new Orthoptera gallery.
27th August 2009 - Ephemera danica and Red and Black Froghopper have been added to Insect Gallery 1.
1st August 2009 - Bloxworth Snout, Vines Rustic and Lobster Moth have been added to Moth Gallery 5.
25th July 2009 - Small Fan Footed Wave, Galium Carpet and Lesser Swallow Prominent added to Moth Gallery 4.
19th July 2009 - Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing and Small Angle Shades added to moth galleries 3 and 4 respectively.
18th July 2009 - Having never made claims to being a photographer I have still been brave enough (or foolish enough) to buy a new camera after my trusty little Coolpix was looking rather worst for wear and needed patching up with a broken stick and some sellotape (it still works by the way and will be my main camera for as long as it holds out). Now this new camera lark has me befuddled. The reason being I have little time to fart around with the technicalities and have a mind that is always thinking of what needs doing next. My brother has been a patient soul and helped no end - now it is your turn. Here is an image - so what do you think? How can I improve it, what have I done wrong? My eyes are maybe missing something so please help out and e-mail me some pointers. A few scales are missing from each wing tip and the main leaf vein is a little too distracting but is there anything other than that - suggestions would be grand.
9th July 2009 - Mullein Moth and Puss Moth larvae have been added to Larvae Gallery 1.
28th June 2009 - Phytoptus laevis, Eriophyes tiliae and Pontania proxima added to the Gall Gallery.
16th June 2009 - Six-Belted Clearwing and Currant Clearwing have been added to Moth Gallery 3.
11th June 2009 - The 10 Puss Moth caterpillars are coming along great guns on a diet of Willow leaves from the local park. Pictures to come but here is a sneak preview.
9th June 2009 - Albugo candidans and Puccinia lagenophorae added to the Micro Fungi gallery.
31st May 2009 - New micro fungi gallery added here.
23rd May 2009 - Western Conifer Seed Bug and Flesh Fly added to Insect Gallery 2. Sightings updates added to the diary.
17th May 2009 - Phyllobius pomaceus and Calvatia 14-Guttata added to Insect Gallery 2.
7th May 2009 - Ampedus sanguineus, Rhagium bifasciatum, Arhopalus rusticus all added to Insect Gallery 1.
5th May 2009 - Eristalis tenax added to Insect gallery 1 and new sightings from the bank holiday added to the Diary.
24th April 2009 - Morchella elata, Gyromitra esculenta and Verpa conica all added to the Fungal Galleries.
10th April 2009 - Rhododendron Leafhopper added to the Insect Gallery page 2.
5th April 2009 - Pleurotus ostreatus and Dumontinia tuberosa added to Fungal Gallery 2.
4th April 2009 - Spinach added to moth gallery 3 and Mycena seynii added to Fungal Gallery 2. A few spore shots have also been added to the news section of Fungal Friends.
28th March 2009 - Large Emerald and Bordered White added to Moth Gallery 2.
23rd March 2009 - Dolichovespula media added to Insect Gallery 2.
18th March 2009 - Pluteus leoninus and Ascocoryne sarcoides added to Fungal Gallery 1.
7th March 2009 - Sarcoscypha coccinea and Caloscypha fulgens added to Fungal Gallery 1.
4th March 2009 - Tatton Park added to the site guide list.
25th February 2009 - Elophila nymphaeata, Yponomeuta padella and Cnephasia incertana added to Micro Moths Gallery page 4.
20th February 2009 - Polyporus brumalis added to fungal gallery 7.
15th February 2009 - Adela reaumurella and Palpita vitrealis added to Micro Moths Gallery page 3.
11th February 2009 - Lulworth Cove added to the site guide link.
3rd February 2009 - Xanthogramma pedissequum and Leucozona glaucia added to Insect gallery 2.
28 January 2009 - Dark Tussock and Brown Line Bright Eye added to Moth Gallery 2.
10 January 2009 - Herald and Crescent Dart added to Moth Gallery 1.
2 January 2009 - A few sightings from Marbury CP found in the diary here and Scarce Bordered Straw added to Moth Gallery 1.
1 January 2009 - Fungal sightings from Tatton Park found in the Fungal Friends sightings link here.
27 December 2008 - Frodsham Marsh sightings added to the diary here. Clouded Drab Larva added to Gallery 2.
20 December 2008 - Scalloped Oak added to the Moth Gallery.
13 December 2008 - Chrondrostereum purpureum added to Fungi Gallery 7.
6 December 2008 - Hericium cirrhatum added to Fungi Gallery 7.
23 November 2008 - 2 new moths have been entered onto Moth Gallery page 4. These are Four Spotted Footman and Treble Bar.
18 November 2008 - As you may have noticed I am tampering with the site so hopefully the distractions are not too annoying. Feedback on the new look would be most welcome.
15 November 2008 - Hygrocybe laeta has been added to fungal gallery.
10 November 2008 - A few comments regarding the recent Nunsmere 3 day mushroom fest found in the Fungal Friends News section.
7 November 2008 - Strawberry Anemone added to seashore gallery 2.
4 November 2008 - Lactarius torminosus added to the fungal gallery and picture of the Nunsmere Fungal Crew here.
2 November 2008 - New sightings added to the diary here and fungi lists for Rufus Stone, Kingston Lacy, Tatton Park, Nunsmere Hall, Puddletown Forest added in the Fungal Friends area here.
19 October 2008 - Today's Ainsdale Natural England fungi list is now up here.
18 October 2008 - Today's Etherow CP fungi list is now up here. More to be added if I get time to confirm a couple of ID's.
15 October 2008 - Agaricus augustus has been added to fungal gallery page 7.
13 October 2008 - Updates to Saturdays Marbury CP fungal list and the list from yesterdays foray at Moore NR can be located here. Also 5 Fungal days out for 2009 already booked in so get those diaries sorted.
11 October 2008 - Marbury CP list now up in theFungal Friends area here and a big thank you to all attendees and the Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM) for their marvellous support and encouragement.
4 October 2008 - The list from todays reccie at Nunsmere Hall can be found in the Fungal Friends section here. Sitochroa palealis has been added to micro moth gallery page 3.
1 October 2008 - The list from todays foray at Chadkirk Chapel is now up in the Fungal Friends area here. Hypsopygia costalis added to Micro Moths gallery page 3.
28 September 2008 - List from yesterdays 2 hour reccie visit to Marbury CP now up in the Fungal Friends sightings page here.
27 Sepember 2008 - Date alterations in the Fungal Friends diary - please check all. Dusky Sallow added to moth gallery 4.
24 September 2008 - Already booking walks and talks for 2009 - check the Fungal Friends link and Diary and get those dates memorised.
21 September 2008 - Ionotus dryadeus has been added to fungi gallery 7.
16 September 2008 - 3 micro moths have been added to gallerys 2 and 3. These are Caloptilia robustella, Limnaecia phragmitella and Phycitodes saxicola.
14 September 2008 - Details of the the days fungi foray at Etherow CP can be found here.
13 September 2008 - Details of the the days fungi foray at Chadkirk Chapel can be found here - phew what a day!
12 September 2008 - A couple of additions to the Tatton Park fungi list found here and Oak Bush Cricket has been added to the Insect Gallery page 2.
6 September 2008 - A fungi list from Tatton Park is now on the Fungal Friends sightings page here. Also added Carcina quercana to Micro Moth Gallery Page 3.
31 August 2008 - Lyme Park list now up is in the Fungal Friends sightings page here, and also Bedstraw Hawkmoth has been added to moth gallery 4.
30 August 2008 - Chadkirk moth list from the previous night now up on the sightings page here.
28 August 2008 - Updates to sightings in both diary here and Fungal Friends lists here
26 August 2005 - A few fungal finds from Dunham Massey have been added here.
25 August 2008 - Meadow Grasshopper added to the Insect Gallery.
21 August 2008 - Privet Hawkmoth larva has been added to the Larva Gallery 2.
16 August 2008 - A plethora of sightings from ten days down south. Check all here. Also Early Thorn added to moth gallery page 4. Fungal Friends updates too found here.
31 July 2008 - New fungal sighting here and other stuff added to the sightings in the diary here.
29 July 2008 - Last nights moth list and also details of sightings at Anderton NR added to the sightings in the diary here.
27 July 2008 - Last nights moth list added to the sightings in the diary here.
26 July 2008 - Moth list from Ainsdale NE up on the sightings list here. Chadkirk Chapel sightings also up.
23 July 2008 - Last nights moth list added to the sightings in the diary here.
21 July 2008 - Maple Pouch Gall added to other stuff gallery.
20 July 2008 - Marsh Snipe Fly has been added to the insect gallery.
14 July 2008 - The Hoverfly Syrphus ribesii has been added to the insect gallery.
6 July 2008 - Nemophora degeerella has been added to page 3 of the Micro Moths gallery.
5 July 2008 - Puss Moth has been added to the Moth Gallery and the moth list from the previous nights home trapping has been added to the diary here.
4 July 2008 - Bee Orchid has been added to the plant gallery.
29 June 2008 - Sopley Common has been added to the Site Guide list.
28 June 2008 - Latest moth-trapping event catch added to the 2008 sightings diary here. Also Dryad's Saddle added to the Fungal Gallery.
24 June 2008 - Corn Marigold has been added to the plant gallery.
18 June 2008 - Man Orchid has been added to the plant gallery.
16 June 2008 - Monkey Orchid has been added to the plant gallery.
15 June 2008 - After leading two public events the full lists are in the 2008 sightings diary here. Also a new photo has been added in the Fungal Friends news page located here.
10 June 2008 - After tootling about 'Darn Sarf' the full sightings are up in the diary here.
28 May 2008 - Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus has been added to page 2 of the General Insect gallery.
27 May 2008 - Dove's-Foot Cranesbill has been added to the plant gallery here.
23 May 2008 - Flame Carpet added to moth gallery 4 and updates to sightings found here.
22 May 2008 - White-Spotted Pinion and Red-Green Carpet added to moth Gallery 4.
21 May 2008 - Wigeon added to the gallery.
21 May 2008 - Local expert mothman Shane Farrell kindly solved a couple of micro puzzles for me and topped up the lists at Ainsdale Natural England for the 9th and 16th of May. Details found here.
19 May 2008 - A good nights moth at Ainsdale EN is on the sightings page here.
13 May 2008 - Bee Moth added to moth gallery here. Heartease Pansy added to the plant gallery.
12 May 2008 - More updates to the sightings page here.
10 May 2008 - Eriocrania subpurpurella has been added to page 3 of the Micro Moth Gallery.
8 May 2008 - More updates to the sightings page here. Emperor Moth added to the moth gallery.
6 May 2008 - More updates to the sightings page here.
28 April 2008 - More updates to the sightings page here.
29 March 2008 - More updates to the sightings page here.
24 March 2008 - Updates to diary sightings here!
14 Mar 2008 - 4 new additions to the gallery are Tufted Duck, Oak Eggar, Green Shieldbug and Black Headed Gull. Maidenhair Spleenwort is the first addition to the new Fern Gallery found in the Other Stuff menu.
5 Mar 2008 - Yet more additions to the gallery and a few sightings updates in the diary!
28 Feb 2008 - Female Mallard and Tufted Duck added to the gallery.
26 Feb 2008 - Very busy at the moment with the punk side of things running me ragged. I have added a Mallard picture to the gallery though!
18 Feb 2008 - Updates to diary have been made - at last! Also I had a bit of a potter with an expensive camera at the weekend and for a first attempt this is what I came up with.
It is an initial potter but I may start a new bird gallery pretty soon and just add a few now and again when I get chance to use this expensive gear. Watch this space. Oh and the camera was just a loan so if any of you were thinking I have won the lottery...think again!
21 Jan 2008 - New * Photo Gallery * pictures now added.
18 Jan 2008 - Tremella mesenterica added to fungal gallery.
11 Jan 2008 - New * Photo Gallery * pictures now added.
7 Jan 2008 - Updates to Fungal Friends sightings and the diary.
2014 Bin the Bottle/Can the Can Totals -
The Fungal Three - 1435
The Tessier Two - 538
The Eagle's Nest - 108
The Green Grubbers - 0