Flitch Way wildlife to watch in August
The Common Earthball is a fungi that usually appears between August and November. It is often found inhabiting moss-clad or grassy ground under trees in woodland, or on scrubby ground. It forms beneficial relationships with tree and plant roots.
The fungus resembles a potato, and is a browny-yellow, sometimes pale or cream-white, roundish, ball-shape. It appears to sit directly on the ground, though it is attached by cord-like threads. Thick, tough and scaly, it can grow to a width of 12 centimetres, although the majority of specimens are somewhat smaller.
Huge numbers of tiny, dust-like brownish-black spores contained within the ball are released to be carried away on the breeze when, with age, the outer skin ruptures and splits.
Also look out for
The Six-Spot Burnet moth can be identified by the six red spots on black wings, though occasionally the spots can be yellow and sometimes can be fused.
It can be seen in flight from June to August in meadows, woodland rides and road verges, feeding on flowers such as Knapweeds, Thistles and Scabious. The caterpillar feeds mainly on Bird’s-foot-trefoil.
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