Sunday, February 10, 2013


Wet, windy and miserable here all week. This is not what I signed up for. I had visions of frolicking in the sunshine, with new species flying in and landing on my finger, when we'd sing a jolly duet together. But I have managed to have the odd poke around under dead branches and night-time garden safaris picking up slugs. Was very pleased to identify a spider last night by microscoping it up and noting the pattern of spikes on the inside of its jaws - deffo not an in-the-field task. Plodding along nicely although looking forward to summer. (p.s. Can we count garden-type daffodils that grow all over the place here?)

165  -  a leafhopper, Empoasca vitis
166  -  a lichen, Cladonia chlorophaea
167  -  a fungus, Common Jellyspot
168  -  Water-cress
169  -  Yellow-V Moth (O. v-flava) - a Channel Is speciality, which is a common resident inside my house.
170  -  a slug, Lehmannia valentiana
171  -  a moss,  Grey-cushioned Grimmia
172  -  Common Duckweed
173  -  Sowerby's Slug
174  -  a spider, Drassodes cupreus
175  -  Common Garden Slug (A. distinctus)
176  -  a lichen, Collema tenax

Sowerby's Slug

Grey-cushioned Grimmia

Collema tenax - found it difficult to work out this lichen. Very distinctivly dark and rubbery. Dark green with chestnut disc-centres.

Chiffchaff through the kitchen window. We get very few birds actually in our garden, so this bird has been nice to see in the last few days. Looking for insects on a Guernsey Fleabane it seems.


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  2. Just wondering if that's a different moss in your Collema tenax lichen photo to the Grimmia pulvinata above it? I've just managed to (finally) ID the latter as one of several on the local church wall in TQ6410 but the fruit capsules all seem to be green and drooping within the moss rather than tall and erect as per the moss in your lichen pic. Enjoying your photos by the way .... (p.s. just edited my original comment as my latin spelling's rubbish!)

  3. Hey Mike. I too am very much a novice with mosses, but the one in the pic you are talking about is probably Wall Screw Moss (Tortula muralis) which seems to be easily the most common moss-on-a-wall in these parts.