Mushrooms

Shaggy Ink Caps

October 7, 2013
Shaggy Ink Caps

This past weekend, I noticed these mushrooms growing up through our gravel driveway and in the grass. I believe these white and black mushrooms are shaggy ink caps.

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Pleated Inkcaps

August 6, 2013
Pleated Inkcaps

These mushrooms are growing in a freshly mulched area around our porch. They are pleated inkcap (Coprinus plicatilis). Thanks very much to Joe L. for the identification.

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Ganoderma lucidum

July 5, 2013
Ganoderma lucidum

My wife photographed this Ganoderma lucidum mushroom growing along the Limberlost Trail in Shenandoah National Park. Big thanks to Joe L. (an Old Dominion Wildlife reader) for help with the identification!

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Rainy Weather, Mushrooms, and Danger

September 29, 2011

A very wet September has led to a lot of mushrooms in Virginia. Do NOT eat them unless you are absolutely certain they are of the edible variety. A Springfield, Virginia man nearly died after eating a poisonous mushroom. Lynchburg’s ABC13 reports:

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Stinkhorn Mushroom and Flat Footed Flies

October 14, 2009
Stinkhorn Mushroom and Flat Footed Flies

We spotted this stinkhorn mushroom covered with plenty of flat footed flies on the North Trail at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. The stinkhorn mushroom is kind of nasty looking, white with a brown/green slime.

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Moss and Mushrooms

July 26, 2009
Moss and Mushrooms

I believe these are earthball mushrooms we saw on our Strickler Knob hike.  I’m interested in getting a mushroom identification field guide.  Please let me know in the comments if you recommend a book.

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