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.
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.
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.