The walk was very well attended and led by Peachy Steve whose knowledge and enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring in equal measure.
Despite it not being a classic year for fungi so far a very long list was racked up and recorded for the relevant organisations. My FUNGI highlight was this Spangle Waxcap in appropriate autumn colours.
I tend to only photography fungi new to myself rather than the more showy ones, a point well illustrated here with these Ugly Milkcaps – note the bruised gills dripping with milk.
I was surprised to find I hadn’t recorded these Petticoat Mottlegills before either. The veil remnants on the cap edge being the “petticoat”.
This is one of three Scarlet Caterpillar Clubs we found. I couldn’t resist excavating it to find the host just below ground level – a moth larva.
And the dissected larva full of mycelium.
And anyone who knows me will know that this was my highlight of the trip – a Barred Sallow resting by day, appropriated enough on a Beech leaf – it’s foodplant. One of a group of autumn species well marked to blend in with fallen leaves.