The Flora Fauna Natural History and Heritage of Yorkshire & UK throughout the Year
" Welcome to the florafaunauk site , hope you enjoy the pictures and posts giving a detailed insight into the Natural History of our Country throughout the seasons and year "All that the Sun Shines on is beautiful, so long as it is Wild" John Muir "
With Temperatures dropping Insects are winding up for winter but this doesnt stop the humble House Spider going on the prowl It is difficult to identify this genus to species as there is a large number of similars in the Genus
1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata Caterpillar found 18th August 2014
Not the easiest Caterpillar to identify but the prominent central raised region gives a good clue to its Identity it is a fresh early caterpillar more on the Development Sequence on This link Click on the small image to expand
The larvae feed on a range of trees and bushes, including hawthorn (Crataegus) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).
Descriptions Likely lineatus but could be striatellus. Several Sitona appear very similar but lineatus will become obvious in the field; the elongate and parallel sided form and dull metallic colouration with paler longitudinal stripes are characteristic A Grassland Weevil Descriptions can be found on the links below Can be found throughout the Year.. and are assoiated with fabaceae - Vetches Trefoils and Pea Family Hostplants Include various clovers and vetches and the weevils are well known as pests of leguminous crops;
Ganoderma applanatum (Artist's Bracket, Artist's Conk, or Flacher Lackporling; syn. ) is a bracket fungus with a wide distribution.
The spore bodies are up to 30–40 centimetres (12–16 in) across, hard, woody-textured, and inedible; they are white at first but soon turn dark red-brown.
It is a wood-decay fungus, using primarily dead heartwood, but also as a pathogen on live sapwood, particularly on older trees. It is a common cause of decay and death of beech and poplar, and less often of several other tree genera, including alder,apple, elm, buckeye and horse chestnut, maple, oak, walnut, willow, western hemlock, Douglas Fir, and Spruce.
A peculiarity of this fungus lies in its ability to be as a drawing medium for artists. When the surface is rubbed or scratched with a sharp implement, it changes from light to dark brown, producing visible lines and shading.
Hedgehog Rescue - This one presented on the front path it looked dehydrated and shocked and was breathing oddly , looked like a cat had bothered it or was struggling for water It was warmed fed and rehydrated and retuned to the Wild . in the early hours of the morning where it appears to have moved on the following day