I found some Earthstars (Geastrum spp.), which like growing on rotting wood.
I thought it would be fun to “plant” some spores on my wood chip mulch. I often bring back pieces of wood or clumps of soil with fungal fruiting bodies or mycelium on them from the woods, to really get a little forest ecology going here.
Ok I’m obsessed with this. For those that missed it: I left a wild Amanita out overnight and woke to find maybe ten deceased flies on it. Now we’re getting the whole swarm. Organic fly traps anybody? #fungi #Amanita #smugtownmushrooms #flyagaric #mycology #rochesterny #lucythedog
The two mushrooms in the photos are the bolete Leccinum aurantiacum (Boletales - Boletaceae), but in a different stage of growth, showing changes in color and shape over time.
Morphologically, Leccinum aurantiacum can be separated from similar species (in Europe, at least) on the basis of the brownish-reddish stipital ornamentation that is already reddish in young fruit-bodies, the red to reddish brown cap, and the presence of overhanging flaps. However, if the specimen is collected, it may be confused with Leccinum scabrum, because the mushroom lost their color brilliance and becomes noticeably darker.
Leccinum aurantiacum is a European species, a mycorrhizal “generalist” associating with hosts ranging from Fagus and Quercus to Betula and Populus. It is generally considered to be a good edible mushroom in Europe.