Monthly Archives: September 2014

Elland Park Wood 27th September 2014

Oliver, Peachysteve and myself joined Robin Dalton and Julie Swift from Calderdale Countryside Service for their advertised foray with members of the public. Twelve of us in all attended. Oliver was busy collecting Earthballs (Scleroderma citrinum) when I heard him say that he had found the Parasitic Bolete (Pseudoboletus parasiticus) and sure enough he had. We must have seen ten Common Earthballs parasitised with multiple fruiting bodies. Michael’s last record of it was in 1999 so conditions this year must be right for it to fruit again.

2014-09-30T15:26:00+01:00September 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Eaves Wood 26-09-2014

These are what  Michael and I found in the wood.
White Saddle (Helvella crispa).
Elfin Saddle (Helvella lacnuosa). Michael’s photo.

Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica) above and below.

Trumpet Chanterelle (Cantherellus tubaeformis) above and below.

Jellybaby (Leotia lubrica). Michael’s phto above and mine below.

Bitter Bolete (Tylopilus felleus). It was found on top of a moss covered wall but my photographs of it were awful so I took these ones later at home.

2014-09-30T14:25:00+01:00September 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Halifax Bradley Hall Golf Club 25th September 2014

Peachysteve and I walked the dogs around the perimeter of the golf course and found these fungi along the way.

Ugly Milkcap (Lactarius turpis) above and two below.

KOH produces a lovely purple reaction when applied to any part of the fungus.

Coconut Milkcap (Lactarius glyciosmus) above and three below.

Acuminate cystidia.

Spores 6-7 x 5-6 microns.

Rufous Milkcap (Lactarius rufus) above and three below.

Milk gets extremely hot after 20-30 seconds. 

Cystidia fusiform.

Spores 8-9 x 6-7 microns.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) above and below.

Snowy Waxcap (Hygrocybe virginea) above and below.

Earthy Powdercap (Cystoderma amianthinum) above and below.

 Scurfy Deceiver (Laccaria proxima) above and below.

2014-09-30T13:30:00+01:00September 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Hardcastle Crags 21.09.2014

Oliver and I spent the day in the Crags. 
It has been quite dry recently and we haven’t had much rain at all
so there weren’t many large fungi for Oliver to find.
Wood Woollyfoot (Gymnopus peronatus).

It has a lovely woolly foot at the base that often binds leaf litter together.

Birch Knight (Tricholoma fulvum) above and two below.

Bay Bolete (Boletus badius) above and below.

White Saddle (Helvella crispa).

2014-09-23T14:05:00+01:00September 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Bonnet Mould 19th September 2014

This is a species of Mycena I brought home to identify. I didn’t have time to examine it that evening and left it in my box.  I was surprised to find that it had Bonnet Mould on it the next morning. This is the result after two days of incubation in the container and it became very mouldy indeed.
Bonnet Mould (Spinellus fusiger).
2014-09-19T21:47:00+01:00September 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Crimsworth Dean 16th September 2014

These are what I found on a lovely sunny day whilst walking Basil.
Porcelain Fungus (Oudmansiella mucida) above and below.

Orange Mosscap (Rickenella fibula).

The Blusher (Amanita rubescens).

Entomophthora muscae parasitising Melanostoma scalare.

Liberty Cap (Psylocybe semilanceata).

Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellia) above and below.

Beech Milkcap (lactarius blennius).

My find of the day – Mycena maculata.

It has rusty brown spotted caps and gills.

A smooth tough stipe that has white wooly fibrils at the base, becoming red/brown below the apex. 

The stipe hyphae are diverticulate, especially at the end of the terminal cell.

Club shaped cheilocystidia with wavy long projections.

Spores pip shaped/ellipsoid, amyloid. 8-10 x 5-6 microns.
2014-09-19T14:55:00+01:00September 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Hardcastle Crags 14th September 2014

Oliver wanted to go back to the Crags again to look for more fungi and pictured below is what we found.

White Saddle (Helvella crispa).

Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum). There were lots of dead flies that the fungus seemed to have engulfed.

Oak Pin (Cudoniella acicularis).

Beech Milkcap (Lactarius blennius).

2014-09-19T14:05:00+01:00September 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Hardcastle Crags 13th September 2014

Oliver and I spent the day in the Crags and found some brilliant fungi.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria).

Lycogala epidendrum.

Scarletina Bolete (Boletus luridiformis) above and two below.

There was Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) growing at one end of a dead log and  Hypholoma fasciculare var. pussilum growing at the other.

You can compare the difference in size above. Sulphur Tuft is the larger of the two.

Stump Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme) above and below.

 Ghost Shield (Pluteus pellitus) was our find of the day because it isn’t found very often so we were thrilled to see it. We found it growing from a dead Betula trunk. It is appropriately named Ghost Shield as it is totally white.

It has horned cystidia.

Spores broadly ellipsoid.  5-7 x 4-5 microns.

2014-09-19T09:34:00+01:00September 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Autumn Crocus Walk to Ogden, Soil Hill and Oats Royd.

There will be a walk this coming Saturday the 20th of September to see the Autumn Crocus. There should also be plenty Fungi to see. Meet School Lane / Riley Lane junction at 10:30 or Bradshaw Church at 10:45 for a 3 to 4 mile gentle stroll. Bring refreshments.  Bruce.

These are just below Dean Lane, Sowerby, only re-found recently.
The Autumn Crocus are very early this year, which Bruce alerted us to. Any sightings would be gladly received. Take care not to mix them up with Colchicum which is grown in gardens, and misnamed Autumn Crocus by some garden centres.
A good display of them for less mobile people is usually in a roadside field on the left just before the former Withens Pub above Wainstalls at Cold Edge. They have been known there for over 100 years. Steve.
2014-09-18T18:25:00+01:00September 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Beautiful Yellow Underwing

 One of the many poetic moth names.

Caterpillar of Beautiful Yellow Underwing c.3cm long
Found on Whirlaw Common, Todmorden, on Sunday last among the Bilberry and Cowberry, where it was put back.
The name is apt for the caterpillar as well. 
2014-09-18T18:04:00+01:00September 18th, 2014|0 Comments
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