Monday, 8 June 2009

North East nature snippets

A few nature sightings from the North East. At Shibdon Pond, Blaydon this bracket fungi growing on a deciduous trunk had a definite frog like appearance.

Southern Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza praetermissa

Woody Nightshade, Solanum dulcamara

Back in Gosforth my first successful moth sighting. As a moth newbie I wasn't too sure what it was, but with Pam's help we think it's a Silver Ground Carpet Moth. According to UK Moths its a common UK species, displaying varying depths of colour, although all have the distinctive whitish ground colour. Adults fly May to July, it mainly flies at night although it can often be disturbed during the day from low vegetation in woodlands & clearings. This one rested on the shed door for hours.

And I couldn't resist, a beautiful Foxglove, Digitalis pupurea


  1. Can't help with the moth ID I'm afraid but I know good pics when I see 'em - especially like your Foxglove interior, and that bracket fungus seems to be saying something..

  2. Hi, I think the moth might be a silver ground carpet moth - we had one in our bathroom just the same! This is a site I found helpful The fungus looks pretty good, I can see the frog :-)great pics

  3. Thank you both, very kind of you. Foxgloves are a favourite flower of mine Rob, can't pass by one without having a good look. Thanks for the ID Pam, I'll have a peruse of the website. Linda

  4. No problem, glad to help.


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