Linbladia tubulina: A Dark Mystery Part 1
On 30 August I took some kitchen scraps to one of our compost bins. As I opened the lid I saw a small, white triangle (20mm?) on the inner wall opposite me.
Further investigation showed there to be three, widely-spaced colonies of slime mould, of unknown species, all at the same level, 20cm or more above the rotting vegetable matter. Why were they so far from the food source?
I documented changes in the colours of the colonies. Eventually, they all turned shining black. This colouration, together with their crowded nature fitted only one species, Linbladia tubulina. This is a monotypic genus i.e. there is just the one species.
I followed them through September until it seemed that they were in a resting stage.
I still didn’t know when they were distanced from the food supply. Then, in late October, the mystery was solved. That is for part 2!
Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), sometimes with Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f8, twin flash hand-held. Some daylight shots.
Closeups: Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at f8, triple TTL flash hand-held.