Friday, November 22, 2013

Hardcastle Crags 19-11-13

I went to the Crags hoping to spot the Herald of Winter amongst the pines but yet again I didn't find it - one day maybe! Instead I found my first Onygena corvina which was quite exciting, but at the time I wasn't sure what it was and I thought it may be a Cordyceps species, so I asked Chris Yeates who identified it for me. It is a keratin-decomposing fungus that digests the fur and feathers contained in the droppings of vertebrate animals and I can tell you that this scat smelled absolutely awful.

Feather Stalkball (Onygena corvina) - in situ above and taken later at home below. Thank you Chris for the identification.

Conifer Conecap (Baeospora myosura) above and below.

Common Rustgill (Gymnopilus penetrans).

Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma - above and spores below.

Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata).

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