Text and photos Aare Lindt, www.loodusmuuseum.ee
Male November moth
November moth Tume-hallavaksik Epirrita dilutata
There are three Epirria species in Estonia and they have very similar wing patterns and colouring.
The November moth, Epirria dilutata, occurs in all Estonia but is more common in the west. Occasionally it is even present in great numbers. They are most often seen in oak stands and wooded meadows from mid-September to mid-October.
Photos Kristel Vilbaste
Giant funnel mushroom in Kütiorg
Giant funnel; Giant Leucopax Hiid-lehtervahelik Leucopaxillus giganteus
A ”giant ” with a diameter of almost half a metre.
In Estonia they are found almost every year but are not numerous anywhere.
The pale whitish cap is slightly funnel-shaped, edges wavy and spores the colour of the cap. The height of the stem depends of course on the size of the mushroom as does the diameter but may reach up to 10 centimetres.
Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 25.09.2016
September 22nd was the autumn equinox. Now night is longer than the day until spring. Evening dusk is already so cool that the breath of the boar herd that came to the sett steamed. It is good to see how the piglets from spring have filled out and that overall the herds in the woods here are large and healthy. A few tens of kilometres away the picture is different. The pest is doing its work and herds dwindle.