I awoke to rain, not heavy and amounting to only a short-lived shower, but I could see that it was going to be that sort of day: quite warm and with dry spells but not a day to be trusted. I was keen to get in a walk but decided not to venture far. In the event I never ventured far from our house. Wimp!
Just lately I always seem to get held up within the first few yards of a walk and today it was a troop of mushrooms (mushrooms and other fungi growing together but physically separate are said to be trooping).
|Agaricus bresadolanus? Christchurch Road, Daventry. 7 August, 2017|
I am no mycologist but this may be Agaricus bresadolanus, a widespread but rather uncommon species. But, then again, it could be The Prince, Agaricus augustus!
My feet disturbed several moths from the grass. The only one I managed to photograph was a Shaded Broad-bar, Scolopteryx chenopodiata, but I suspect all the others were too.
Shaded Broad-bar, a moth easily disturbed by day.
Daventry by-pass. 7 August, 2017
Certainly clovers and vetches, the food plants for the caterpillars, were in abundance.
At this point the sky darkened and I scurried home. There was no need to have rushed; the clouds passed over.
INTERVAL. There will now be a short break for lunch to be taken.
My truncated morning was compensated for by a visit to Kentle Wood in the afternoon. The weather was defying predictions and the afternoon looked set fair. I took my umbrella and within two minutes I was photographing a bug beaten from an oak tree. It was Iassus lanio, a curiously shaped but common insect belonging to the Cidadellidae.
Iassus lanio beaten from oak in Kentle Wood, Daventry.
7 August, 2017