Saturday, 11 March 2017

A welly full of water …

Bog Beacon (Mitrula paludosa)

Early spring and summer is the time to look for M. paludosa. This saprotrophic [feeding on dead organic matter] earthtongue is usually found on the remains of higher plants, mosses and algae in areas of seeping or standing water including streams, ditches and pond margins. Although widespread in Britain it can be difficult to find and is generally uncommon. Despite its bright yellow-orange head and its gregarious behaviour, it is easily overlooked. You will not find M. paludosa where the habitat is unsuitable, but neither should you assume that where the habitat is suitably boggy with plenty of decomposing vegetation it will appear - more often than not it doesn't.

Be careful of the depth of the water though …


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  1. well done, great set of images too

    1. Thanks, Jim. Much appreciated especially from you. It wasn't the easiest of places to get close and personal as you well know!