Sunday, 23 February 2014
Of moss and men
I was doubly fortunate as I finally met up with all-round good bloke and fellow pan-lister Seth Gibson (that's him taking a picture of a tree trunk full of bryophytes). His sharpness in the field was regularly demonstrated, as he showed me species after species that I would otherwise have walked past - highlights such as the fungus Bracken Map and the silk tubes formed by the micro-moth Infurctitinea argentimaculella, which feeds on Lepraria lichens. I am constantly reminded of my own shortcomings when I meet up with such people...
After almost six hours of moss bashing I had become punch-drunk. However, today has helped to demistify the world of the bryologist, just enough to give me some hope that I can modestly tackle these fascinating life forms.