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ben rigsby
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Posted: 19 Mar 2011
hi folks,

went out looking for adders the other day (didnt see any ) so heres some wood ants (formica rufa);









nests;



something has had a go at this one;



also saw fungi.
scarlet elf cup (sarcoscypha coccinea). edible (tho not palatable in this members view! )



Beautiful iridescent Mystery bugs





ID anyone?

thanks,

ben

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Suzi
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Posted: 19 Mar 2011
I can almost hear the rustle of those wood ants Ben!
Lovely looking bugs - no idea what.
Could green woodpeckers be responsible for ant hill damage? I had one visit an ant heap in my garden in that bitter winter weather. The heap was under snow but the pecker must have remembered it as it dug down and tore it apart (soil all over the snow for several yards around the heap).
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AndyS
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Posted: 19 Mar 2011
No Idea what your Blue bugs are ben
Maybe
 Blue Shieldbug Zicrona caerulea     or
Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni)

roughly what size where they?
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Dave1812
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Posted: 21 Mar 2011
Why not put the photo on iSpot the Open University website
your bound to get an ID then.     
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Scale
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Posted: 21 Mar 2011
I would certainly think it to be a species of Leaf Beetle
and on Hard Rush if i'm not mistaken. Might be worth
checking likely looking species against flight season/egg
emergence (which may be diagnostically early) and (likely)
foodplant.

Funnily enough this group of beetles features quite highly
in the diet of Slow-worms!
ben rigsby
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Posted: 23 Mar 2011
thanks for your suggestions folks.

not either of your suggestions andy. they were about 8mm in length.
so ive followed daves advice (thanks!) and have joined i spot and posted there. awaiting reply.

yes its a very characteristic sound eh suz?
woodpeckers love ants but since the damage was quite extensive i suspect badger or boar? or perhaps someone simply kicked it over - sort of thing kids might do!
the nest was right beside the track.

ben

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Scale
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011
To quote a great line from a great scene in the great
Withnail and I:

'Who the f are you talking about?' span924?

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Posted: 28 Mar 2011
perhaps it should be spam924?

'I don't advise a haircut, man. All hairdressers are in the
employment of the government. Hairs are your aerials. They
pick up signals from the cosmos, and transmit them directly
into the brain. This is the reason bald-headed men are
uptight.'

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tim hamlett
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011
don't threaten me with a dead fish!

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Baby Sue
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011

You get to see some ace wildlife Ben.


I wanted presents from lots of you. Snot fair that Ben Rigsby was the only one to send me Xmas & birthday presents.
Scale
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011
Does anyone remember Gussie Fink-Nottle, Bertie Wooster's
friend in Jeeves and Wooster? He was obsessed with 'newt
studies' and everybody around him used to comment on it.
Very amusing
Scale
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011
I just remembered that Gussie Fink-Nottle gets arrested and
'does time' after searching for newts in Trafalgar Square
fountain.

He also displeases his prospective inlaws by keeping newts
in their bath tub...if i remember correctly    
ben rigsby
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011


great film WAI.
among many, i love the loaded-12 bore-with-safety-off-in-bed scene myself.
unlike you s i cant quote the film off-pat mind!

im quite good on yr fave Deliverance though Gemma. "what do you wanna go up that mountain for?" "because its there"

you thought i was gonna say "squeal like a piggy boy!
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

or "hes got a PRETTY mouth"

DIDNT you??

sounds like Gussies nuts but harmless.
just like this caudata freak.

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ben rigsby
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011
by the way, if anyone was wondering, the blue beetles in my pix are Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae) according to the response i got on ispot.
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