Oliver, Peachysteve and myself joined Robin Dalton and Julie Swift from Calderdale Countryside Service for their advertised foray with members of the public. Twelve of us in all attended. Oliver was busy collecting Earthballs (Scleroderma citrinum) when I heard him say that he had found the Parasitic Bolete (Pseudoboletus parasiticus) and sure enough he had. We must have seen ten Common Earthballs parasitised with multiple fruiting bodies. Michael's last record of it was in 1999 so conditions this year must be right for it to fruit again.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
These are what Michael and I found in the wood.
White Saddle (Helvella crispa).
Elfin Saddle (Helvella lacnuosa). Michael's photo.
Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica) above and below.
Trumpet Chanterelle (Cantherellus tubaeformis) above and below.
Jellybaby (Leotia lubrica). Michael's phto above and mine below.
Bitter Bolete (Tylopilus felleus). It was found on top of a moss covered wall but my photographs of it were awful so I took these ones later at home.
Peachysteve and I walked the dogs around the perimeter of the golf course and found these fungi along the way.
Ugly Milkcap (Lactarius turpis) above and two below.
KOH produces a lovely purple reaction when applied to any part of the fungus.
Coconut Milkcap (Lactarius glyciosmus) above and three below.
Spores 6-7 x 5-6 microns.
Rufous Milkcap (Lactarius rufus) above and three below.
Milk gets extremely hot after 20-30 seconds.
Spores 8-9 x 6-7 microns.
Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) above and below.
Snowy Waxcap (Hygrocybe virginea) above and below.
Earthy Powdercap (Cystoderma amianthinum) above and below.
Scurfy Deceiver (Laccaria proxima) above and below.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Oliver and I spent the day in the Crags.
It has been quite dry recently and we haven't had much rain at all
so there weren't many large fungi for Oliver to find.
Wood Woollyfoot (Gymnopus peronatus).
It has a lovely woolly foot at the base that often binds leaf litter together.
Birch Knight (Tricholoma fulvum) above and two below.
Bay Bolete (Boletus badius) above and below.
White Saddle (Helvella crispa).
Friday, September 19, 2014
This is a species of Mycena I brought home to identify. I didn't have time to examine it that evening and left it in my box. I was surprised to find that it had Bonnet Mould on it the next morning. This is the result after two days of incubation in the container and it became very mouldy indeed.
Bonnet Mould (Spinellus fusiger).
These are what I found on a lovely sunny day whilst walking Basil.
Porcelain Fungus (Oudmansiella mucida) above and below.
Orange Mosscap (Rickenella fibula).
The Blusher (Amanita rubescens).
Entomophthora muscae parasitising Melanostoma scalare.
Liberty Cap (Psylocybe semilanceata).
Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellia) above and below.
Beech Milkcap (lactarius blennius).
My find of the day - Mycena maculata.
It has rusty brown spotted caps and gills.
A smooth tough stipe that has white wooly fibrils at the base, becoming red/brown below the apex.
The stipe hyphae are diverticulate, especially at the end of the terminal cell.
Club shaped cheilocystidia with wavy long projections.
Spores pip shaped/ellipsoid, amyloid. 8-10 x 5-6 microns.