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Flora and Fauna Friday

Turkey Tail fungi

This week my Flora and Fauna Friday post is the polypore mushroom Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor). Polypores are also known as bracket fungi.

When I photographed and captioned this specimen over 30 years ago the common English name was Many-zoned Polypore. That name seems to be less common than the name Turkey Tail nowadays.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Many-zoned Polypore
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Flora and Fauna Friday

Fly Agaric

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) fungi. An alternative common English name is Fly Amanita.

The reason for fly in the common English name is because the fungi is traditionally used for catching flies.

The Fly Agaric is the classic red toadstool popular with illustrators of children’s books. This specimen was photographed on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England in the autumn.

Weekend Challenge: What Is It
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Monthly Squares

Four Of A Kind #2

A group of four Fly Agaric fungi on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

This is my day 17 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Four Of A Kind
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Six Word Saturday

Dead Wood, Fungi and New Growth

My contribution to Six Word Saturday.

 

Six Word Saturday: Dead Wood, Fungi and New Growth

 

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Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: 31st May 2020

Silent Sunday: 31st May 2020

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Monthly Squares

April Squares: Top of the Toadstool

This is my day three contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Toadstool is simply a nickname for fungi that is often poisonous or at least inedible.

 

April Squares: Top of the Toadstool

A Fly Agaric fungi cap photographed from above at Bickerton Hill, Cheshire.

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

The Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro prompt was rather well timed. I have spent part of the winter digitising my slide archives that include hundreds of macro images.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

A Ruby-tailed Wasp. Given that the ruby red tail is usually covered by the wings a more appropriate name would be an Emerald-bodied Wasp.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

Fly Agaric fungi cap detail.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro

Spines on a Teasel seed head in the autumn.