Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata)

Saw this Longhorn beetle in our patch of Ninewells wood today. It was the first time I have seen this species there.

They are not that rare but are only around for  few weeks of the year.They can be up to 4 years as a grub living on rotten wood. Then when they hatch in June they are only around for 2 to 4 weeks.

They are quite big, up to 20 mm, I would say this was about 15 mm long. Also the pattern of the dark brown /black marks on their backs does vary quite a lot. Sometimes more banded other times more spotted. This one is sort of intermediate.

I notice there is a small drop of liquid on the leaf just behind the back end of the beetle. It had not been raining so I wonder if this is beetle juice/wee.


Clouded agaric ( Clitocybe nebularis)

Clitocybe nebularis or Lepista nebularis, commonly known as the clouded agaric or cloud funnel. clitocybe3

Definitely a funnel…..I cant recall having seen this fungus before. It is quite large ( 8/10 cm diameter) and seems to grow in a circle.clitocybe2

These were growing close to a car park in the woods near Bigswier in the Wye valley. I spotted them on my way back from a visit to Ninewells wood / Trellech . It was late in the afternoon and the light was low . so that my excuse for the photo quality.clitocybe1