10th October 2016
Students on the horticulture course at Parkfield were fascinated by this scorpion-like beetle crawling around the vegetable patch (left).
The “Devil’s Coach Horse” can sometimes be mistaken for an earwig but when threatened its scorpion-like posture will give the game away! These beetles are aggressive, carnivorous predators and are commonly found in a variety of habitats. It is amazing what could be lurking in your garden!
Student Corrie Harvey also reports:
The red cage fungus (right) was found in the woodland area by a student – it was growing on bark chippings, and it smells like rotten eggs. The reason the fungus smells is because it needs to attract flies to help spread its spores.
“Clathrus ruber is a species of fungus in the stinkhorn family, from the genus Clathrus. It is commonly known as the latticed stinkhorn, the basket stinkhorn, or the red cage.” (quoted from Wikipedia, 10/10/16).