Autumnal fungi


Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) (c) Duncan Hutt


Yellow Stagshorn (Calocera viscosa) (c) Duncan Hutt

A weekend trip out to Colt Crag Reservoir wasn’t exactly rewarding from a weather perspective, showers were insistently blowing in from the coast.  Now that autumn has turned up the wildlife spotting has shifted too.  No more (or few more) hoverflies, butterflies and the like but instead here is the season for fungi.  They, like invertebrates, are a tricky group. Some easy to identify like the archetype toadstool with its red cap with white spots; fly agaric (Amanita muscaria).  Others are more awkward and easy to misidentify so perhaps the identification of (Mycena galopus) could be challenged?  These, of course, are traditional mushroom-shaped fungi but there are plenty of other variations out there such as the yellow stagshorn (Calocera viscosa) that was dotted on many of the old rotting spruce stumps.


Mycena galopus (c) Duncan Hutt



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