Friday, 18 November 2016

On this Day 16 November 2016

Cylinder Millipede (Julidae)

Popped down to Denso hopping to find the Hairy Snail, I had photographed on Saturday.
It's the first time I've seen this snail and wanted to get a better photo. 

I did find some small Hairy Snails, but due to the weather and dark light I'm still not happy with the sots.
I had a root through the leaf litter and came across many insects hibernating , I need to find a way of getting a better photo. 
I came across two fungi I have not seen before and I have a few things left to ID.

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede - Cylindroiulus punctatus


Bonnet sp Fungi

Jelly Ear Fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae)

Shaggy Scalycap ( Pholiota squarrosa)
Fluted Bird's Nest (Cyathus striatus)
Land Snails

Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum)

Smooth Glass Snail - Aegopinella nitidula

White-lipped Snail - Cepaea hortensis 

Copse Snail - Arianta arbustorum


Harlequin Ladybird

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Smooth Glass Snail - Aegopinella nitidula


A small (up to 10 mm) land snail sometimes known as the Clear Glass Snail or Waxy Glass Snail. It has an orange-brown, glassy looking shell sometimes with dark mottling and veining showing. The body is blue-grey. Aegopinella nitidula is the largest of the two British species of this genus, A. pura is smaller and often pale in colour but it can be a rich chocolate colour. An eccentric body whorl identifies these as Aegopinella.

Fields, gardens and hedgerows

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Shaggy Scalycap ( Pholiota squarrosa)


Grow on base of stumps and standing living or dead broad leaved trees, branches, wood debris.



Land Snail to ID

Cylinder Millipede (Julidae)

  Cylinder Millipede - Julus4) With 35 or more body segments, always cylindrical, often with coloured spots?
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  Cylinder Millipede (Julida)
Cylinder Millipedes are the familiar long cylindrical millipedes.  They can have 50 or more body segments, bearing 100 or more pairs of legs. 
Brightly coloured spots on the sides of the body are defensive glands that secrete noxious chemicals to deter predators.
About 30 species are known in Britain. (LINK)

Copse Snail - Arianta arbustorum


 The colour pattern of this species is highly variable; however, most individuals are light brown with straw-coloured spots and a large dark brown stripe. The heliciform shell will also vary in size (10-22 mm high and 14-28 mm wide with 5-6 whorls). The umbilicus is completely covered by the columellar edge of the aperture. The lip of the shell is bone white. Sinistral (mouth on left) and dextral (mouth on right) specimens exist. The body of the animal typically is black. (LINK)

This snail survives in damp meadows, marshy habitats as well as mountains and sandhills. Its longevity is approximately 14 years, attaining maturity at 2-4 years.

mottled pattern, rounded mouth, everted white lip and tiny chink of umbilicus