Dodging the rain, Rambling Ratz stoically strides into the garden armed with camera for your viewing delight. Let’s see what we found this time.
Firstly the rain brings out the autumn colours of the leaves nicely. Closer inspection of the underside of the leaves uncovers a nesh little lacewing, cowering from the rain. There are fourteen different species of them in the UK and this is one of them. It looks so delicate and pretty, but if you happen to be an aphid then one of these will suck the very life out of you. The Native American Navajo people considered lacewings to be one of the Ripener insects that were necessary for the corn to ripen.
Here is a wild grape vine that is growing uncontrolled. The blackbirds very much enjoy lurking under these leaves and will eat the grapes once they ripen, which is probably a better use for them than me attempting to make wine.
Finally, we have a fine array of fungi growing on the lawn and amongst the wood piles. Fungi identification is something of a dark art, too often I have read that the Fluffy Bumpking Mushroom makes a delicious soup but is almost identical to the highly toxic Vomit Your Intestines Out Toadstool … So I just admire them for the fascinating plants, that aren’t plants, that they are and leave the eating of them to animals better versed in such things. For the scientifically minded they are in fact eukaryotic organisms. Here are some Ratz eye views of them.