The weather is normal summer , damp and warm. I am still getting out at least once a day insect hunting but now the fungi are starting to appear it gets very confusing. It’s bad enough returning to the van with one set of don’t knows but having two sets is silly.
This Slime Mould is in the van on a front surfaced mirror. I collected it and some of the vegetation it was growing on and have set it up to see if I can get it to creep up on the porridge oats. If it does anything I’ll find some more and make a time lapse of it galloping along.
I am far from sure but I think this is a Marmalade Fly, Episyrphus balteatus. These hoverflies are the very devil to tell apart but it is attractive with the low evening flash lighting it up.
This is a Harvestman carrying half a dozen or so Red Velvet Mites. It was on a Hawthorn leaf but it started wandering up my arm and I couldn’t be bothered to argue with it. I always assumed these Mites were parasitic but I read somewhere that they are just using the Harvestman as transport. It could be true.
Have a good week.