AN HOUR BEFORE THE RAIN

in FungiFriday2 months ago

The photographs that you'll see in this post were taken a couple of weeks ago in the woods a couple of kilometers from the small town called Svetvinchenat, about forty kilometers from where I live, and ...

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... and this is my contribution to FungiFriday by @ewkaw

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I haven't found many mushrooms on that occasion, but there was enough for a fungi-related post in which those few mushrooms take up almost half of the whole thing. In this photograph, you can see some pretty generic-looking brown mushrooms that I wasn't able to identify. It could be something from the Rhodocollybia genus in the Marasmiaceae family. I found some fairly similar Rhodocollybia mushrooms on the internet. But who knows, it could as well be something pretty different.

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It was raining the whole day, but not constantly, and not everywhere at the same time. Short periods of rain were alternating with more or less equally short cloudy periods with no rain. The plants and the soil were wet when I stopped by the side of the narrow country lane. As I was getting out of the car, the soft rain was slowly ending. While approaching the nearest trees, I felt the last raindrops of that rainy period.

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After a bit of rambling under the oaks, I came across this lovely piece of rotting wood.

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On one of the young shoots that appeared near the dead oak, I found a small spider. This is the Cyclosa conica, a species from the Araneidae family.

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This group of mushrooms was also photographed near the same piece of wood.

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I used the macro lens because these Marasmius rotula fruiting bodies are very small. While I was photographing the mushrooms ...

... a cockroach appeared nearby. And it was a cockroach that I haven't seen before.

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After a fairly long Internet search, I haven't found out the name of the species, but I'm pretty sure that the family is Ectobiidae.

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Marasmius rotula is a saprobic species that grows in deciduous forests and its fruiting bodies appear in groups or clusters on dead wood, woody debris, twigs or sticks, and rotting leaves,

Here you can see the leaves and fruits of the Juniperus communis. I found another mushroom under that coniferous shrub.

This is the Mycena galericulata, a species that grows on decaying wood. Usually, you can see it on fallen branches and rotting stumps. But sometimes, the fruiting bodies can grow on wood buried under the leaf litter. As you can see here, in that case, it looks like the mushroom is growing from the soil.

A group of Colchicum autumnale flowers was growing nearby. On one of those poisonous flowers, I photographed a bug from the Lygaeidae family. The name of the species is Spilostethus saxatilis. After taking this shot ...

... I noticed another Mycena galericulata nearby. The cap looked like a little parasol on this one.

After some more walking, mostly in circles, I came across this fallen branch covered with green lichens. It looked pretty cool on the leaf litter in shades of brown, so I stopped to take a shot. The lichen is a composite organism formed by algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of various fungi species in a mutualistic relationship, so you are looking at a half-fungi creature in this photograph. While I was exploring the area around the lichens ...

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... a pretty big grub appeared from the mysterious space under the fallen foliage. I was able to take four photographs before the larva hid again under the dead leaves.

Ten or twenty meters further ...

... I found what looked like two Gymnopus peronatus mushrooms. I'm almost sure about the species here.

Almost but not completely, so it very well could be something else. While I was photographing these almost identified mushrooms ...

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... a Hister quadrimaculatus beetle was exploring the area around me. This species from the Histeridae family feeds on dung, carcasses, and on other insects & their larvae.

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A bit later, not far from my car parked by the side of the road, I found two medium-sized brown mushrooms that could be the Gymnopus peronatus, the Tubaria furfuracea, or some other species that I can't name.

Their slightly undulated caps looked like fallen leaves from above.

When I noticed this moth, the Dysauxes ancilla from the Erebidae family, the sparse raindrops started falling again. It was time to go home.

When I entered the car, the rain was getting heavier.

The following links will take you to the sites with more information about some of the protagonists of this post. I found some stuff about them there.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Rhodocollybia+genus&sxsrf=ALiCzsZt3J7eXfOvGvnqY29REm08G3lxrw:1663953506309&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjN7Knttav6AhVxmYsKHRiZBPkQ_AUoAXoECAMQAw&biw=1592&bih=885&dpr=1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodocollybia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclosa_conica
https://champignouf.com/
https://www.mushroomexpert.com/marasmius_rotula.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ectobiidae
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycena_galericulata
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hister_quadrimaculatus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnopus_peronatus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysauxes_ancilla

AND THAT'S IT. AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MY WORK - THE END.

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There is so much detail on the cockroach... I like how your camera captures it.

How are you able to identify the scientific names of these plants??

This is a great site for searching the plants :https://identify.plantnet.org/
Here you can put your photo in the search.
I found some sites for various insects too.
This one, ad example, for beetles: https://www.kerbtier.de/cgi-bin/enFOverview.cgi
If I can't find it there, I write a short description in the google search. Ad example "Red and black butterfly in Europe" or " small cockroach with no wings" and watch the pictures in google images.
Sometimes I find what I'm looking for - sometimes not.

Wow, I really love all these pictures, and the camera is surely superb. In my hometown, mushrooms used to be an alternative to meat. No more nowadays and it's even hard to see em mushrooms. Thanks for sharing.

Natural and clean photos have a nice day

May you also not be soaked in the rain

Thanks 🙂

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That specie of cockroach is what i usually see in my area. Although i don't know the genus. I know that some of them do fly, and they could be a real drag to kill

Yes, many cockroaches have wings. and are very fast and agile.

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so many different mushrooms and insects very interesting thanks for sharing happy fungi friday.😊

Thanks. 🙂 Glad you like the post. Happy fungi Friday.

Pictures of fungi, butterflies and other insects are very beautiful. Thanks for presenting the scientific facts

The photography is really very detailed I really really like it

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