Lynchcombe in October

Lynchcombe Sunset - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 823_6491

Lynchcombe Sunset – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 823_6491

October

Catching up with another month at Lynchcombe.  The month when most of the insects disappear, the fungi come out and the days end in beautiful sunsets.

This devil’s coach horse beetle was a great find.  It did not stop, moving around the small plants constantly on the go.  It was really hard to follow and keep in focus.

Devils coach horse (Ocypus olens) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0840

Devils coach horse (Ocypus olens) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0840

The dragonflies are still out and about.  This common darter warming up on a popular exposed outcrop of limestone on the reserve.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0918

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0918

And I found a butterfly!  It was on the magical patch of wild marjoram.

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0912

Green-viened white (Pieris napi) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0912

This is the season for wax cap fungi.

Scarlet Hood (Hydrocybe coccinea) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB3_3441

Scarlet Hood (Hydrocybe coccinea) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB3_3441

Some of the colours are amazing.

Golden Waxcap (Hygrocybe chlorophana) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB3_3721

Golden Waxcap (Hygrocybe chlorophana) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB3_3721

This one will gradually turn black.

Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0891

Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0891

The field mushrooms can be found all over the reserve.

Field Mushroom (Agarics campestris) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0935

Field Mushroom (Agarics campestris) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0935

The honeysuckle berries can be confused with the red hawthorn berries.

Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0941

Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0941

And Finally…

The best time of year for sunsets. Later on I will be get to work in the dark and leave for home in the dark – so need to make the most of this time.

Lynchcombe Sunset - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JBB_4298

Lynchcombe Sunset – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JBB_4298

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