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  2. Sorry, no spores or other information - what the heck is it? Is all of the growth the same mushroom?
  3. Morel progression map

    March temps been consistently below average here in NE PA. Areas on the Pocono Plateau have 10-20 inches of snow on the ground... and another snowstorm is headed that way for Wednesday. The ice is down on most of the lakes, though; due to a warm spell in February. We had a day in February with a high of 75F ~ 24C. If the chilly weather pattern continues it'll be a late start to the morel season. It's been a few years since I've found more than just a couple handfuls of black morels. Slow-starting spring warmth seems to work against them. The blacks like it when there's a significant warm spell around the third week of April. Difficult to comprehend right now that I found a few blacks on March 23, 2012... and those were already past maturity. Spring weather is so inconsistent around here.
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  5. Genus Coprinus has been split into several genera. The majority of the most common NA species are now placed in genera Coprinellus or Coprinopsis. Only a few remain in Coprinus. The only Coprinus species I am aware of in my geographic area is Coprinus comatus. The splitting is due to DNA analysis.
  6. Morel progression map

    Thanks Dave, The season here in Ontario looks to be developing about a week later than historical averages. I still have some snow on my lawn and the ground is frozen solid.
  7. Morels in Northeast Pa

    Bobby, these were older Hawthorns but healthy. I didn't see any that were dying. There were a few old and dying apple trees at either end of this stand of trees, at least 200 yards between the apple trees, and yes there were a few Morels under the apple trees too, but most of the rest of the trees were Hawthorn and there were morels under many of them. Unfortunately, I was there a little too late and most of the morels were past their prime, but I'll be ready this year. Good luck.
  8. Thanks! They are a bit "chocolatey" and slimy. I am pretty new to IDing mushrooms, but I thought they were Coprinus-type. I see now that Coprinus is transfered to Coprinellus.
  9. They look a little bit like the candy/cracker "Chocorooms" :-) But seriously, these mushrooms are likely a species of Coprinellus. There are species of this genus that produce mushrooms that grow on indoor structures. http://mushroomobserver.org/271096?q=H5ov
  10. Morel progression map

    I found this https://www.thegreatmorel.com/sightings/ .
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  12. Morel progression map

    It appears that Chris Matherly's site (morelmushroomhunting.com) no longer exists. Has anyone found another site with a map that is being actively updated?
  13. Morels in Northeast Pa

    Wow, great tip Staveshaver. I've spent most of my morel seasons working overtime but not this year. Gonna do some scouting today. Always looking for Elms but now I'm adding Hawthorn. A friend of mine had a big year last year finding them at the base of crab apples. I'll have to ask him about Hawthorns.
  14. Sad day, yesterday

    That is sad. The Complete Mushroom Hunter was my first book.
  15. Sad day, yesterday

    Very sad indeed. I never met him, but did rely on his writings and videos of him to inform and encourage me to learn about mushrooms. It's always sad when a enthusiastic educator passes.
  16. Found out yesterday that Gary Lincoff passed away. While still in his 30s, Gary authored the Audubon Guide to North American Mushrooms. Many of the names of the mushrooms have changed, but the information in this guide is still useful, and the number of species documented/photographed is incredible. I regularly use it when I'm stuck on an ID. But, there is more to Gary than the Audubon book. He always showed up at the annual NEMF foray, and was a frequent guest at many other regional/local forays. I always loved running into Gary at NEMF. He was accessible, humorous, always willing to share his knowledge, and his enthusiasm was a constant reminder that hunting/studying mushrooms is fun.
  17. Morels in Northeast Pa

    Western Pa here. I've found them under old apple trees, big poplars, and elms, but I also found hundreds of morels last year under Hawthorn trees.
  18. Its Almost Time!!

    I'm in western Pa. It keeps teasing us... gets warm and makes us hopeful, then gets cold and snows a couple of inches. It won't be long now though.
  19. Nice. I found some BIG morels under white pines last year... by accident, on my way out of the woods after I couldn't find them anywhere else.
  20. Gary Lincoff

    Went on Mushroom Expert this morning. The page was black, "Goodbye, Gary Lincoff, Rest in peace."
  21. Good to hear that this is useful. Ran across it a while back and find that the poster does a nice job. Accurate descriptions and easy to follow.
  22. Lions Mane Mushroom

    What!? That's awesome. I've only seen photos of it when its ready for harvesting. Its cool to get to see it in different stages. How long did it take to reach maturity?
  23. Its Almost Time!!

    Awesome... glad to hear someone will be foraging soon. It was 7 degrees today, here in MN. I can feel spring though... its so close!
  24. Here in southern PA we should be finding black morels in a month or possibly less. I hope everyone has great season this year. We are due for one here, that's for sure. So, good luck to all of you and I look forward to seeing everyone's harvests.
  25. Last August bolete.

    Interesting. I'll add a few of these to the MO observation. I. G. Safonof seems to be leaning toward these mushrooms being what had previously been called Boletus miniato-pallescens. I think he may be correct about this. The intensity of the bluing on the pores/tubes is more that I'd expect with Xerocomus subtomentosus (previously Boletus subtomentosus). Also, as seen in the cross-section photos, the tubes appear to NOT be xerocomoid... That is, the tubes seen in the cross-section appear to be separable form one another; you can see the walls of the tubes very neatly arranged. Xerocomoid tubes rip apart raggedly. So, I think there is decent evidence against X. subtomentosus. I'm not sure what is I.G.'s point about the ratio of pileal thickness to tube-layer thickness. I think there may be some confusion here. I'll discuss this with him. There have been some other red/yellow boletes that bruise/stain strongly blue posted onto MO. I believe there are a few that have been DNA sequenced, and this is likely the reason why I.G. suspects Lanmaoa. (I.G. may have actually paid for the sequencing and analyzed the results.) At any rate, the entity formerly called Boletus miniato-pallescens is probably an unnamed species at this point in time. Yours may represent this unnamed species. https://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?trie=B&l=l&nom=Boletus miniatopallescens / Bolet rouge pâlissant&tag=Boletus miniatopallescens&gro=5 One more thing. Assuming your bolete(s) stained blue on the cut context, then the blue faded and some areas resolved into reddish-brown. I need to research this staining/fading aspect; I've got photos of my own observations showing it. So, I know I've seen it; I just don't recall immediately what group(s) tend to exhibit this trait. Welcome to the crazy world of bolete taxonomy :-)
  26. Awesome. Thanks for posting. Identifying trees has always been difficult for me. In MN so many are very close looking. I need to keep both a tree and a mushroom field guide with me at all times :-) I've noticed in my area, that some variants of trees will produce better tasting mushrooms than others. Some mushrooms will grow on different types of trees and some taste way better on Popple instead of Oak [or ash... whatever it was I found it on before].
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