Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Lichens!

I spotted lots of these on the concrete fence posts in our garden. Very interesting organisms!





I also noticed marked difference in the colour of the grey lichens when they are wet



Sunday, October 25, 2020

Plume Moth

Emmelina monodactyla (Pterophoridae) seen on the ceiling




Saturday, October 24, 2020

Slug at night

 A Limax maculatus I think taken with my phone in the garden at night.




Friday, October 23, 2020

Snail on my Aloe

 Bringing my plants in from the greenhouse I spotted this little chap nestling among the leaves of my Lace Aloe.

Canon IXUS 265






Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tiny spider on Aloe

A pale form of  Enoplognatha ovata (Candy-Stripe Spider), on one of my Aloes.

Canon IXUS




Monday, October 12, 2020

New spider for me

 Was having a little midnight garden safari the other night and I saw a small spider on the fence. I got an ok photo, then the following night I went out again and got a much better shot. The species is Neriene montana, a relatively large member of Linyphiidae (money spiders)




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Little Pink Aliens

I got a new microscope (well, a secondhand one) and I've been trying it out on my old slides. This is an image of a section of corn showing the phloem and xylem cells. The image was made by holding my Canon compact up the eyepiece, hence the circular image.


And this is an image of fern sporangia, cropped to create a rectangular image.