Rare flower, bumblebee discovery in England


Red star-thistle

From Wildlife Extra:

Rare bumblebee and critically endangered thistle

September 2011: Rare plant and insect species have been spotted at Kent Wildlife Trust‘s Darland Banks nature reserve close to the Medway towns.

The very unusual sight of a mound of red star-thistles playing host to brown-banded carder bumblebees was recorded by Plantlife project manager Richard Moyse, on a visit to the chalk grassland site last week.

The bumblebees of the subgenus Subterraneobombus: integrating evidence from morphology and DNA barcodes (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Bombus): here.

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Lizards and fungi


On Sunday 25 September, to Koningshof nature reserve.

This is a Dutch video about Koningshof fungi.

Near the entrance, a buzzard flies.

Lepiota aspera mushrooms.

Large skullcap; a rare flower in the Netherlands, which is near the northern border of its range.

Birch polypore on a fallen birch.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Collybia confluens and rosy bonnet fungi.

Then, the well known fly agaric. Though it is more common in the eastern Netherlands than here in the west, there are quite some in Koningshof today.

Though there are even more amethyst deceivers. Many have lost their purple colour as it has been dry for some days which affects many fungi.

A juvenile sand lizard. We would see yet another one later. These youngsters were just a few centimeter in size.

False death cap fungus.

A southern hawker dragonfly flying.

This is a southern hawker video.

Hygrocybe miniata; Lactarius glaucescens; and deceiver mushrooms.

A male and a female migrant hawker in loving embrace.

This is a migrant hawker video.

A common darter dragonfly flies past.

Death cap. A speckled wood butterfly.

Red fox faeces on the footpath.

A hornet buzzes past.

Red admiral and comma butterflies.

Inocybe geophylla and orange-brown ringless amanita mushrooms.

Sulphur tuft. White saddle fungi.

Hygrocybe psittacina.

A common winter damselfly.

Panaeolus acuminatus and collared earthstar fungi.

Finally, nuthatch sound.

Brown hawker photos: here.

Bahrain keeps fighting for democracy


The caption on Twitter with this video from Bahrain says:

Freedom balloons fly in the sky of Bahrain as part of people’s peaceful protest activities.

From Global Voices:

Bahrain: Protests on Election Eve

Posted 25 September 2011 18:37 GMT

For weeks, many Bahraini Twitter users used the hashtag #LuluReturn to demand going back to Pearl Square, where their massive February protests took place. The Bahraini regime shocked the world in March by demolishing the pearl monument in the square, which is actually a roundabout, as if to erase the rebellious memory attached to it. This resulted [in] a counter-reaction that sees many Bahrainis more attached to the monument as a symbol of their struggle against a regime that discriminates against its Shia majority.

Testimonies from Bahrain: My father, the activist: here.

Brenda Bowser-Soder, of Human Rights First, noted that the U.S. government must stop ignoring the ongoing violence committed by Bahraini security forces.”The Government must break its silence on Bahrain and condemn today’s ongoing violent attacks on peaceful protestors,” wrote Soder. There have been widespread reports of security forces attacking pro-democracy demonstrators with tear gas and bird shot, and hospitals are under military control making injured protesters fear torture or arrest if they go to the hospital: here.

Elections in Bahrain: The Latest Ruse to Feign Democratic Change and Cover Up Continuing Repression: here.

Senior Bahraini police officers suspended for torturing detainees are being swiftly reinstated in a sign of a growing struggle for power within the al-Khalifa royal family over the extent of the repression to be used against pro-democracy protesters: here.