The Fungus Among Us

I have always found mushrooms fascinating life forms. Not plant, not animal yet vitally important for the health of both plants and animals. However, they are a bugger to photograph yet I never stop trying.

Paul Stamets wrote a great book on Fungus call Mycellium running and delivered this inserting TED talk several years ago:

Pigeon Tremex Horntail

Looking a bit like a caped and masked superhero this Pigeon Tremex (horn tailed Wasp) was found resting on an Autumn afternoon. Although they look like they could do some damage these wasps are reported to be not naturally aggressive and only sting when provoked just like any good superhero.

For a detailed description I found the link below to do a great job describing them:

http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2012/09/wasp-wednesday-pigeon-tremex-horntail.html

Fur Coats

Tow different alpine moths each wearing fur coats forage up high in the mountains of central Colorado.

Photographed in early September.

Just an hour after posting this I came across a news story describing the decline of insects by 75% in Germany. I am sure this is happening globally to varying decrees. This sixth extinction caused by our human species will have consequences and is affecting life big and small. A link to the study is provided below:

 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809

 

 

Fuzzy

Fuzzy Purple Asters up high near tree line. It seems that when you ascend up towards the tundra the Asters become more fuzzy. A fur coat to protect against the chilly nights?

The butterflies like them as much as I do.

Photographed in August near tree-line in Central Colorado.

Like air

This little dragonfly seemed as small and ethereal as the air in which they flew. I am not sure the exact species of Dragonfly but this one was one of the smallest I have seen this year. Perhaps a juvenile?

They were hovering about then occasionally landing on the fall grasses out in a field where we take a walk. This one had what looked to be eggs attached to their body. Do Dragonflies or Damselflies do that?

Barely as long as a few grains on the grass.