St Georges Mushroom (Calocybe gambosa) Abbey Meadows
Brick Tuft (Hypholoma lateritium) Monks Ridge
Deer Shield (Pluteus cervinus)...Carlisle park
Strange orange fly on the kitchen window
This is the first time I have come across St Georges mushroom on St Georges day. I usually see it a few weeks later but it is a common species here. The weather has been more like Autumn than Spring and this has produced a large clump of Brick Tuft at Monks Ridge which is usually found in the Autumn. Deer Shield was new to me but it was growing on wood chip in Carlisle park, I took this picture last week and the fruiting bodies have now matured. They can turn up at any time of the year but are more common later in the Summer. I haven't a clue what kind of Fly it is that has an orange body like the one above.