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Monday, 17 November 2014

Common Wasp

There was a lot of fly and wasp activity amongst the ivy flowers in Ringstead Downs late this morning. Here's a Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris....

Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris, Ringstead Downs, 17th November 2014

Also in the Downs was a nice selection of, mostly, yet-to-be-identified Fungi....

Tawny Grisette, Amanita fulva (?), Ringstead Downs, 17th November 2014

Jelly Ear, Auricularia auricula-judae, Ringstead Downs, 17th November 2014

Purple Jellydisc Ascocoryne sarcoides Ringstead Downs, 17th November 2014

Lion Shield, Pluteus leoninus, Ringstead Downs, 17th November 2014

Beech Woodwart Hypoxylon fragiforme,  Ringstead Downs, 17th November 2014

 A Bolete, Ringstead Downs, 17th November 2014

Tar-spot Fungi, Rhytisma acerinum on Sycamore, Ringstead Downs, 17th November 2014

And here's shot of the Annual Mercury which Adrian found recently in Hunstanton.


  1. Fungus 1 looks like Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva), 2 Jelly Ear, 3 Purple Jelly Disc (Ascocoryne sarcoides) - this fungus has two forms, the familiar jelly disc form and these weird purpley growths. Agree with Lion Shield, don't think the next one is a tar crust, maybe a Woodwart with the pustules joined together.

  2. Huge thanks James - the 'tar crust' was on the same trunk as the woodwart, so your suggestion makes a lot of sense. That slimy Bolete has me baffled !

  3. Hi James - Amanita fulva looks good apart from the gills - which are clearly grey (my books say white) - Ive added a new photo so you can see. Do you know if this is within variation or likely another species ?

  4. Hi Andy. A. fulva should have white gills, so that does seem to contradict it, although I can't think of anything else of similar colour and size offhand. Slimy boletes tend to be Suillus spp, but they grow with pine or larch so that doesn't help if yours was in deciduous woodland.

  5. Just found out that Dersingham Mushroomers are doing a foray at Rinsgtead Downs on Sunday - meet 10:00 am. You may wish to come along James ?? The slimy bolete was very slimy and in deciduous woodland. I'll check again if an lone pines in vicinity, but I think not....I'll just hope there are still some on Sunday and that a Bolete fanatic is on the spot to help ID !!! OIve looked through my several books too and cant's see anything else resembling the Amanita. Must be new to science.

  6. Sunday's meeting is now cancelled due to bad weather forecast