Autumn is here. Trees are colouring and their leaves beginning to fall, the Fallow deer rut has begun in the Forest, and toadstools are appearing in good numbers. Fly Agarics are splendid if you can find them before the slugs reach them. After heavy rain the white warts on the cap can be washed off making the fungus look like a different species.
Fly Agaric, Bliss Gate, 29 September 2017 ©Rosemary Winnall
Fly Agaric with Arion subfuscus, Drakelow, 26 September 2017 ©Rosemary Winnall
Fly Agaric after heavy rain, Drakelow, 26 September 2017 ©Rosemary Winnall
The Green Shieldbug, commonly seen in gardens as well as the wider countryside, overwinters as an adult. Although usually conspicuously green, in the autumn they darken and become well-camouflaged as they hibernate amongst dead leaves. When they become active again in the spring, they gradually return to their green colouration.
Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina, New Parks, 8 November 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall
This lovely fungus Calocera viscosa on an old conifer stump in Postensplain made us realise that autumn was coming to Wyre!
Yellow Stagshorn, Calocera viscosa, Postensplain, 3 September 2014