Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s time for me to make my sporadic plea for wildlife photos, as the tank is getting too low for my taste. If you have good ones, please send them my way.

From reader Barbara Wilson we have a bizarre fungus:

There was a dead man’s foot in the garden on campus yesterday.  So I photographed it. It is Pisolithus arhizus, a bascidiomycete, a fungus.  It produces bundles of spores in a black, gelatinous matrix that can be used for dyes, so it’s also called dyeball.  It breaks down to release a mass of brownish spores.  The non-fruiting part is a mass of underground, thread-like structures that are mycorrhizal symbionts of conifers and perhaps other plants.

 

From Reader William Benzon, who took these near Jersey City, New Jersey:

Here’s a wonderful fungus on one of the birch trees:  [JAC: this doesn’t look like an oyster mushroom; does anyone know the species?]

Here are some of your beloved ducks. The building in the background at the lower right is One World Center, aka, the Freedom Tower, during construction.

Reader Amy Edmonds sent a cicada that landed on her porch umbrella (I don’t know the species):

13 Comments

  1. MikeBend
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Recently while visiting family in Ohio, I found a perfectly intact cicada lying on the ground. It now adorns my windowsill in Maine.

  2. SnowyOwl
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    It’s a Birch Polypore (Fomitopsis betulina).

  3. Posted September 1, 2018 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    http://www.cicadamania.com/genera/
    Lovely photos. I really love the Dead Man’s Foot. Here’s a link to a site that may help you identify that cicada.

  4. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Interesting fungus

    Beautiful flight photo

    Nice pics

    Nice entry!

  5. Posted September 1, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Very nice. But those ducks are Canada Geese…

    • rickflick
      Posted September 1, 2018 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      The chin strap gives ’em away.

    • Posted September 1, 2018 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Also their proportions are not duck-like. Neck much longer, body fatter, wings longer in proportion to the body.

  6. tubby
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    The cicada look like a dog-day harvestfly, Neotibicen canicularis

  7. Mark R.
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the nice assortment today.

  8. Christopher
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    At first glance (on my iPhone screen) that the dead man’s foot was a tortoise. Very cool all the same.

  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 1, 2018 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a wonderful fungus on one of the birch trees: [JAC: this doesn’t look like an oyster mushroom; does anyone know the species?]

    If this were Britain (which it’s not, I know), I’d provisionally flag this as a “Jews Ear”, relating to the shape and the legend that Judas Iscariot hung himself from a birch tree. Since some of that group are edible, I’d drop it into the tray on a “fungus foray” to get an opinion on it’s identity and edibility. I know that I don’t know enough about fungi.
    Actually, come to think of it, next time I do a fungus foray, I’ll take a stove and frying pan.

  10. Posted September 2, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Cicada looks like Neotibicen tibicen tibicen (Linnaeus, 1758)- Swamp Cicada, Morning Cicada
    http://www.cicadamania.com/genera/species.php?q=N.+tibicen+tibicen

  11. Posted October 14, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    The orange fungus and the flying birds (whatever they are) are beautiful.


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