Did these jelly blobs really fall during meteor showers? Readers’ natu…

I came across jelly blobs on a tree stump in Wicklow’s Glen of Imaal. Google indicates that they fell from the stars during meteor showers, but surely that can’t be true? – Helen Lawless
You are right; that is an old wives’ tale. They are the glands of the oviducts of frogs left uneaten by frog predators, so they must taste truly terrible. On exposure to moisture, they expand up, burst and decompose into masses of jelly. With no other traces at all of frog nearby, no surprise Google was confused.

Bootlace fungus

This is growing under a tree in an old church grounds. The photo was taken on in November. – Daniel Challoner
These are clusters of Armillaria mellea – the bootlace or honey fungus – which causes root decay disease in trees and shrubs. It colonises wood by method of black cord-like structures and can be a destructive pathogen in gardens and woodland.

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