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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

DOUBTING ADRIAN. (24/03/15)

Yesterday I braved the showers and the freezing breeze and went looking for insects. I looked under rocks, I searched under dead logs and found nothing. I then noticed a fallen oak tree and had a peer under some loose bark.

_MG_3064     All I found was a solitary Woodlouse, Oniscus asellus; I hope. I couldn’t find the polariser so it’s a bit glary. It was good to see it but it isn’t an insect it’s a crustacean. I was intending to bring something home and take some pictures on a front surfaced mirror. As this was the only one I covered it up and returned empty potted.

TREVOR and others have been telling me for a month or more that the tiny polypores I’ve been posting are Turkey Tail Fungus. I had my doubts but now I am convinced as I found some more and they were a bit older.

_MG_3057      Trametes versicolor.

_MG_3056       This is all the same stuff and will at least double in size.

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_MG_3062      To finish up today with another doubtful ID I think this is Beech Woodwart. The younger version of it is the second image. It is definitely Hypoxylon something. I’m going for Hypoxylon fragiforme. I think the mycologists may have changed it to Annulohypoxylon. They are devils for re-categorising stuff, it gives them something to write about but just confuses me. They need a good shake, a slap, a kick up the bum and be told to make their minds up.

Have fun.

 

22 comments:

  1. To close for me but whatever keeps you happy. Have a. Lovely day.

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    1. Margaret, I can get closer but I will have to find something a bit more dramatic.

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  2. No need to doubt Adrian, all ID's are looking good.
    I'm sure the Woodlouse wouldn't have minded if you had brought it home for a photo session, as long as you walked it back home afterwards!
    I'm glad to see that you've found some 'proper' Turkeytail at last.
    I think you're right about the name changing business...it's just the 'big brains' trying to confuse us poor ignoramuses!
    Happy bug hunting...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, it is confusing when they keep deciding to rename things. It's not too bad with the ones with common names as I can ignore them.
      I don't like picking stuff up unless there is plenty of it. I know woodlice are common but they may not be in the frozen north.

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  3. as they say in my country, "Cool beans."

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    1. R.Mac, I suspect you are one of the few who think so.

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  4. Beautiful images of the woodlouse, and lots of fungi.

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    1. Bob, I am still looking for insects.

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  5. it's interesting but no landscape today?

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    1. Laura, I'm going to get some landscapes in an hour or so.

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  6. Adriaan you did have here a very nice isopod

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    1. Bas, it was the only one I found.

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  7. I enjoy your photos and identification of fungus. However it's someplace I won't go as I've got enough else to do.

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    1. Red, I don't take it too seriously but it is fun trying to sort one from another.

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  8. Really enjoying your use of a scale Adrian and I agree on the Turkey Tail id.

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    1. Adam, I think the scale improves things. I have three different ones now and will probably need more as they have to be dedicated to both sensor size, lens and focal length.

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  9. The transparent scale looks much better.

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    1. Yes it does John, it makes it look as if I know what I'm doing.

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  10. I was always told that woodlice were the last of the true terrestrial crustaceans. I have to say that I have always had a soft spot for them.

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    1. I can't think of another but there is a big one that lives in rock pools.

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  11. Te encuentras cosas muy raras :)))
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, que son diferentes pero no peligroso.

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