Thank you Alf, much appreciated
Anyone tell me what plant this is? It's about an 1" long
It was taken at Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate.
IMG_7737.jpg by David Sunderland, on Flickr
Any help ID'ing this fella would be greatly appreciated.
Found him sat on the garden fence this morning, seemingly scoffing a passing fly that wasn't quick enough!
Unknown Low Res-2482 by Paiste Phil on Talk Photography
Many thanks in advance for your help.
Look very much like a big old Robberfly to me.
HI Guys Spider ID please.
I've got dozens if not hundreds of these in my back garden, I've been meaning to grab a shot all year and finally remembered.
Its not brilliant, as I just used my little canon 520.
Looks like a Garden Spider.
As it was in my garden I kinda guessed that lol.
But seriously, is that what they are called?
lol it is what they're called or Araneus Diadematus
It must have been a good year for them, I've never seen that many around as I have this year.
I have dozens of small webs all clinging to the plants and climbers, the garage wall is (almost) West facing, and dozens of them
can be seen catching the last of the suns warmth in the afternoon too.
Also known as a "cross spider", due to their obvious markings.
A couple of fungi for you guys. Taken about a month ago if that helps. ID on both of these would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
Fungi-id1 by Peter Bindon, on Flickr
Fungi-id2 by Peter Bindon, on Flickr
They look like puffballs to me but I am not finding a close match in my books but these vary so much depending on age
They could be common earth balls.
Many thanks Alf. My wife had said puffballs as well but I was wondering if there was a more definitive name. I'll do some googling of common earth balls.
Looks like the Scaly Meadow Puffball; Hankea Utriformis in my book Peter.
Which book is that Alby?
Collins wild guide mushrooms & toadstools Alf.
Help with these please.
This one is not sharp but looked weird.
Taken in Monkwood in summer.
Not sure on the exact species for the first, but looks to be some kind of Robber Fly to me (Asilidae).
The second is a Scorpion Fly (Panorpa sp.) and this one's a male. Fantastic things
Thanks, I know the second isn't sharp but it just looked so strange.
Hi all I used to come on here a few years ago but can't remember password or my user name lol, but anyway can anyone tell me what these are,
I have only ever seen them once before serveral years ago, they kind of remind me of triffids!
never mind i think i found it along with a better picture
Are they a fungus or a lichen? I think I've heard them referred to a 'fairy cups' or something similar before...
Hi Yeah they are a lichen, I think the fairy cups are a fungi, well thats what i get when i googled it
Definitely a lichen - maybe Pixie cups ? http://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/L/Lichen(PixieCups)/Lichen(PixieCups).htm
Yeah I looked at Pixie cups, I'm not sure now though think you might be right, anyone know for sure ?
It is a species of Cladonia (a lichen). It is not possible to identify it to species level from the photograph - precise colour is important as are other features not visible in the picture.
Ah ok thanks, and yeah i did boost the colour in the second pic a bit, the first pic is nearly spot on though.
Would another photo of the other features help, and could you tell me what they are ?
Here are some bees from the other night
An ID on either would be nice.
Solitary bees by Alf Branch, on Flickr
Nomad bee by Alf Branch, on Flickr
Not my best shots but the first time I have seen these
First one looks like a Mason bee to me the second definitely a nomada but which one not sure
More Nomad bee shots
Nmad bee by Alf Branch, on Flickr
I am informed its possibly mining bee Andrena female. Possibly A. carantonica,
Can anyone tell me what this caterpillar please ? it was on Lundy Island taken last weekend, my wife spotted it as we were racing back to the boat so it was a quick snapshot.
Lundy Island Catapilar by Adam Sibbald, on Flickr
Looks like you've found.
The Drinker moth caterpillar
That would be the garden tiger moth which is protected in the UK. (Arctia caja) also known as the "Woolly bear".
I didn't realise there were so many TBH.
That's what I would have thought too, but its the only one I know ( as above).
They seemed to be very abundant when I was a kid, and IIRC were very fond of feeding off hawthorn leaves.
Yes they were Chris but unfortunately they have declined in numbers, I believe they are down about 90% since we were in shorts
Bloody hell Alby!
They were so common back in the day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_tiger_moth check out distribution section.
The garden tiger moth loves damp places, which is why it is particularly common in river valleys as well as gardens and parks.
Yep that sounds about right, there were was a hedgerow of hawthorns growing along side a small brook, and they seemed to be covered in them,
but that was a few years ago.
Its numbers in the UK have declined by 89% over the past 30 years.
That's pretty dramatic and real shame
Thank you for replying, I could not believe my wife even seen it as was in edge of little hole in ground!