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Fungi field walk at Drumlin Farm

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I was frankly dreading today's Fungi Field Walk, because we're in the middle of a drought. I don't think it's rained in over 2 weeks. I expected to find maybe some polypores and perhaps some little forest mushrooms like this one--probably Dacryopinax spathularia.


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But we found kind of a lot of different species! This is a chunk of ash tree bolete, showing the distinctive spore-producing surface. I hope the people who came on the walk are reading this now, because I gave the wrong scientific name in the field. It's actually Boletinellus merulioides.

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This stick thoroughly colonized with (probably) Mycena galericulata was lurking in the wet shade of a footbridge over a stream that had been reduced to mud.

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I wish I knew what these are! At the time I guessed they were waxy caps, and they might be Hygrocybe marginata, "fading scarlet waxy cap," or maybe Pholiota astragalina (?) I'll probably never know without having taken a spore print.
EDITED TO ADD: Dianna Smith, Editor of the North American Mycological Association's bimonthly newsletter, THE MYCOPHILE, suggests Pluteus aurantiorugosus for an identification, which fits better than either of mine.

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Fortunately there are insects about to make me feel more confident about my identifications. Here's a nice giant leopard moth larva, Hypercompe scribonia.

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Dry as it was, you can't fault the day for it's beauty.

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