Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria).
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.
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of David of the one he showed us in the Crags.
Flaming Scalycap (Pholiota flammans).
Basidia 4 – spored.
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.