Common Eyelash Scutellinia scutellata

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I found this colony at Decoy Heath Nature Reserve, where it was recorded previously but I have no idea if images exist. A Wood Ant in one of the images gives the scale.

These were on the cut end of a rotting (Willow?) tree stump next to a pond. The pond had no liquid water in it, just damp mud and leaves. (It was after much dry weather and on the hottest UK day on record).

I didn’t notice the tiny, yellowish, jelly-like bodies until I examined the images. They are [i]Dacrymyces[/i], a genus in its own, special family within the Basidiomycetes. I have some confidence that it's the Common jelly Spot [i]D. stillatus[/i]. As it is a new record for the location it should be checked by a specialist but I don’t know one for this genus.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f8?, hand-held.

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at x 2.5 and f8, twin TTL flash, hand-held.

The stereos are crosseye.

Harold

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