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Fly

Fly

This fly was sharing the fence post with the harlequin ladybirds whose picture was posted a couple of days ago.

So was this one.

Fly

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Fly agaric 2

Fly agaric

The white flecks or warts on the cap of this toadstool are the remnants of a veil which surrounds the mushroom as it pushes up through the soil.

Rain will wash them off, leaving a pure red cap, as here. The yellow marking near the apex is where something has begun to nibble at the fungus.

Further rain, especially heavy rain, will also begin to leach away the bright red colour, leaving oranges or yellows. Such can be seen in this rather bedraggled specimen.

Fly agaric

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Cow parsley seeds

Cow parslip seeds

Most of the seeds of this plant have now dried and been scattered.

Other nearby hogweeds are still showing flowers, although they are getting rather straggly

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Orange peel fungus

Orange peel fungus

In shape, it looks like a tiny, squashed cup, without any visible stem.
Grows on open soil under trees.

These are new specimens. Very soon, they become paler on the outer surface, and more and more resemble fragments of discarded orange peel to a casual glance – a process which has gone a little further along in the specimens below.

Orange peel fungus

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Fly agaric

Fly agaric

The classic toadstool of fairy story illustrators.

Don’t try at home to test out its hallucinogenic properties: the toxic chemicals which cause this effect are as likely to give some very unpleasant, and just possibly fatal, symptoms.

In Britain, this mushroom is always found close to birch trees.

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Oak Apple

Oak Apple

Not an apple, but a mutant leaf forming the cradle for the larva of a gall wasp.

The hole is where the larva eventually came out.

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Snowy wax cap

Snowy wax cap

The snowy wax cap, Hygrocybe nivea, is bright white in colour.

Despite this, it can be hard to spot lurking in short grass in places like sportsfields or lawns.

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Rose hips

Rose hip

Bright colours aren’t always a sign that something should not be eaten.

During the second world war, schoolkids were sent to pick rosehips, which are a rich source of vitamin C.

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Bolbitius vitellinus

Bolbitius vitellinus

This tiny and brightly coloured mushroom doesn’t have a common English name. Bolbitius vitellinus can be found hiding in short grass. Like many things in nature, its colour is the clue that it shouldn’t be eaten.

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Tiny fairiesbonnets

Fairies' bonnets

These mushrooms, growing through moss, were only about a quarter of an inch high.

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Feathered Thorn Moth

Feathered Thorn Moth

This moth was attracted to settle on a window by the brightness of the house lights.

The feathery antenna is a characteristic feature of this species.

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Coprinus domesticus

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davea2007//4045586259

Another species of inkcap. Although it is fairly common, and reasonably conspicuous, it does not have a generally accepted English name. Surprisingly few species of fungi do.

Coprinus domesticus