Monthly Archives: August 2013

Scout Road Wood 29-08-13

Oliver has been so desperate to see a Amanita muscaria in a wood since he his interest in fungi began last year. He has only seen images in his mycology books, so we decided to go and find one in our local birch wood this evening. He jumped up and down with excitement when we saw it and it was a perfect end to his amazing day.


Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria). 

2013-08-29T20:38:00+01:00August 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Brown Birch Boletes at Cromwell Bottom

Last nights visit by eight members of the “41 Club” and four from the Cromwell Bottom Group was very enjoyable. The evening weather was perfect. Graham, our Chair ably described the site and its ancient and modern history. Many rare and interesting plants were shown as were lots of projects that have been completed or ongoing. Amongst the finds was the fungi shown below.

                       Brown Birch Boletes



This Brown Birch Boletes is about 9″ across. It’s the biggest I have seen.

The smaller one below was turned over and the underside shown. The spots look unusual as I cannot find that feature in the book.

       Brown Birch Boletes


Many thanks to Alison for final I.D.

2013-08-29T08:54:00+01:00August 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Ring-necked Parakeet

This was sent to Lesley, one of our members, by a friend who saw it in her garden at Trimmingham, near Burnley Road, Halifax, in the early part of this year. Thanks for getting it to us.

I have also had reports of a small flock of them feeding in gardens in the Greetland Valley.

They breed in nest boxes in the south, especially round London, where they’re often not welcomed. They eat a lot, being as big as pigeons, and are dominant at feeders.

They’re feral in Amsterdam as well.

They attract attention by their raucous calls.

2013-08-28T23:04:00+01:00August 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Silver-Y Moth

This flew just after I took the picture with the camera in my other hand. They often turn up at the same times as Painted Lady butterflies, their first generations in summer having migrated together from southern Europe and North Africa.

These are day-flying and hover around flowers as they feed on nectar.

It gets its name from the small y shape on each wing. The specialists recognise different species of Silver-Y.

Haven’t seen or heard of any Painted Ladies this year, but there were seven Peacocks together on the Buddleia where I found this moth at Barkisland.

2013-08-28T22:30:00+01:00August 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Wrinkled Fieldcap – Agrocybe rivulosa 25-08-13

The previous in the day Crags we met David Bartlett and he showed us a picture on his phone of some fungi he had found in Mytholm. I didn’t know exactly what they were but I was intrigued and went with Michael to have a look the day later. After researching for some time I finally confirmed its identity after trawling through lots of information and examining the spores. This species was unknown until 2003 and first recorded by a Dutch mycologist Marijke M.Nauta in the Netherlands, and it was added to the British list in 2004. It grows exclusively on woodchip sometimes on mass and there were certainly hundreds of specimens here. I have found four records from the Mid-Yorks Fungus Group online that have been found previously in vice-county 63, and wonderfully now we have one more. 

Photo courtesy of David of the one he showed us in the Crags.

Spores 11-12 x 6.5-8.
2013-08-28T21:29:00+01:00August 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Water Beetle





This water beetle (c 8mm long) is in my bird bath. I have had a go at identifying it but they look pretty difficult by picture alone. Can anyone I.D. this?

2013-08-27T08:58:00+01:00August 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Hardcastle Crags 24-08-13

Oliver and I had another trip Crags and we managed to find the Pholiota flammans beaming brightly from the edge of a fallen dead pinus trunk  It is said to be rare and mainly found in the Scottish Highlands, but after careful examination the spores came up trumps and if I knew then what I know now, I would have taken some better photographs! 

Flaming Scalycap (Pholiota flammans).

Basidia 4 – spored.

Spores 4-4.5 x 2.2.5

Earpick Fungus (Auriscalpium vulgare), above and below – found by Oliver at the start of our foray.


The Blusher (Amanita rubescens), above and below.

Milking Bonnet (Mycena galopus).

Larch Bolete (Suillus grevillei) – above and below.


Oakbug Milkcap (Lactarius quietus).

Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva) – above and below.

Some very delicate coral fungi that I cannot christen, even under the microscope.
2013-08-26T22:01:00+01:00August 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Shelf Park 23-08-13

Oliver, Michael and I had a walk round the park, it was quite uneventful regarding fungi but not for my ears – thanks to Oliver, as he screamed most of the way round because he wanted to find the swings first!


Milky Conecap (Conocybe apala), above and spores below.

Spores 12-14.5 x 7-9.5

2013-08-26T12:41:00+01:00August 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Hebden Bridge Park 19-08-13

On the way to the playground Oliver and I came across a couple of common species of fungi, which made Oliver’s trip worthwhile and he couldn’t resist telling everyone he met all about them.

Suede Bolete (Boletus subtomentosus).

Pleated Inkcap (Parasola plicatilis).

2013-08-25T20:32:00+01:00August 25th, 2013|0 Comments
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