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  2. Definitely not Blewits. Spore print is wrong. I’d look at Cortinarius but don’t see webbing or remains of a veil.
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  4. I just keep the oven on warm (~150degF), and try to ventilate it some so it isn't too hot. I could have set them in a window. Maybe a drop of oil from something got on the burner.
  5. These grow on my lawn in western Pa. Smell just like blewits only ever so slightly garlicky? Is there a way to tell between these two species without a microscope? I understand that one is edible and the other is not. L. nuda are all over my yard once the temps drop and I love them!!
  6. Thank you, Gillian. At last I can confirm what those are! I found mine in south west UK. Spore print cinnamon, but the image I have of that is rubbish.
  7. Occasionally a Lactarius mushroom may exude very little latex. To detect latex in such a fruit body, slice through the cap and gently press the cut flesh/gills against a finger or piece of paper. Then look for signs of moisture. The mushrooms see in these photos look like a possible fit for either Lactarius maculatus or L. subpalustris. If correct, then whatever little latex is present should cause a slice into the gills to stain purplish/lilac. The staining may take awhile to develop.
  8. Berkeley's Polypore gets really large, larger than most examples of Meripilus I've seen. But, Meripilus can be quite large.
  9. There may be more than one species seen in the these photos.
  10. I think these are not a species of Psilocybe. They look more like Mycena to me. What is the habitat? As suggested by DShroomGuy, Shroomery may be a better online forum for the type of discussion you seek.
  11. I have no idea about how the medicinal qualities of Ganoderma fruit bodies varies with morphology. I don't dry my Ganoderma by baking. I either hang them in a south-facing attic window or slice them and dry in my dehydrator. I've never noticed a French fry odor.
  12. Johny, Hedgehogs are flushing here in central PA. Picked 63 just before dark last night. Could have picked more if I had the time ( and daylight!).
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  14. I took a pic of a few spots that Honey Mushrooms had grown last year. We finally had a cold snap that activated them. Here’s where they’ll grow Here they are making the first appearance
  15. It is very personal. E.g. I do sometime keep moderately worm infested mushroom if flesh looks firm and fresh but many people toss mushrooms with any sign of infestation. For honeys I keep caps if cut is white and gills are light colored. For hens and chicken I do not like chalky/leathery taste so I collect only young, but I know some people try to salvage older mushrooms by cooking with milk or broth. I tried and was not impressed
  16. Yes, some more, some less. If mushroom is slightly dehydrated sometimes you do not see any
  17. The gills did not exude any latex when scratched. Is it the case that not every lactarius does that?
  18. So I'm fairly new to mushroom hunting and although my question mostly pertains to hen of the woods it's kind of a broader question for all types. How do you know what to keep, what to say is just too old, and conversely what is too young? Is there someplace that lays this out for each species? I know they are highly variable but it's probably my most frustrating aspect of mushroom hunting as a new guy. Puffballs seem to be one of the only ones that's seems straightforward to me. One of my neighbors has hunted mushrooms for a long time so I've been kind of following his lead but would like more confirmation and I'm finding it hard to do so. I don't like finding a mushroom and looking at it and saying to myself that's looks too old when that might not be the case. Hen of the woods is probably the most frustrating which made me post this. I have been unable to find anything that states specifically if the outer edge of the fronds are turning brown that's too old or if they are looking white that's too old, or that's too thick, or big, or just anything. I hate to waste any of it if it's actually good stuff. I harvested two fairly large size hen's the other day and ended up tossing a bunch of it just because I wasn't sure. Same day I picked those I left a beautiful smaller one and then went back a couple days later and it hadn't grown at all and was now looking rough so I left it. Is there a way I could have known that small one wouldn't have gotten any bigger and harvested it that day? It was small but perfect and now I'm bummed. Or honey mushrooms, my neighbors contends only take them when very young. Is that true? If not, where's the cuttoff? If they seem bug free and not brown on the inside are they ok? Or what is the correct criteria you judge they are ok? The number of honey mushrooms I've left behind just on my property (which isn't big) makes me sad. Maybe that's just the way it is in mushroom hunting and if so, I get it. Hunting any other critters is much the same way. Just hoping to limit any loss that can be avoided. Hens, Chickens, Morels, Honeys, many others could benefit from a listing of what attributes to look for and either harvest or leave behind. If you know something is inedible ahead of time you won't take them and that only helps propagate them for later harvests with better timing. Thank you for any help
  19. Same here in North West Ontario. Two years of drought followed by rain ++ starting mid August last year. Lots of rain last fall. Huge snow depth last winter. Lots of rain this spring and summer. But: zero Morels this spring. Huge numbers of Chanterelles mid summer. Almost no boletes of any species all summer and fall. No saffron milk caps, no shaggy manes. Weird. Hoping for Blewits and Hedgehogs soon
  20. Thank You Dave! Do Meripilus get that large?
  21. Perhaps the bigger one in your hand might be but I'm unsure. The other I dont think are at all. I relied on the other thread as well. Please see what I wrote there.
  22. I'm thinking no you don't have liberty caps there. Would wait for other opinions though. Doesn't look like a psilocybe genus mushroom to me. If it was it would leave a purplish blackish spore print I believe. On another note discussion of psychoactive fungi isn't much a thing here. The shroomery or mycotopia is better suited for that. Someone may ID an active species for you here but won't encourage anything otherwise. I always found psychoactive species very interesting myself as well but knowing the community here isn't geared toward that I don't bring up those topics here.
  23. I found this nice little micro-climate going up in the "mountains" near me. I am near the coast where it is very rocky and dry, and the trees are short. A lot of it is filled with fruit and olive orchards, bayleaf trees, wild fruit trees, and blackberry and wildrose or forgotten small oak hazelnut trees. Anyways, I stumbled upon this cute area and within 15 meters me and the dog encountered all these russula and boletus. Unfornatly, nothing tasty but it was nice. Delica, golden russula, lurid young/old, emetica/sickner in different shades of red (assuming age), aminata popping up, and even a braket. I really liked the potential X. chrysenteron, with the cracked cap. These were all found in a 15-20m radius, at an elevation of 200m (path leads to higher). I hope you enjoyed me and Jura wolfs walk.
  24. Thank you so much for your response! Neofavolus lead me on a good chase and I think it might be alveolaris. It didn't grow anymore when I checked on it today. Such a cute mushroom. This specific picture is quite similar, if not the same but different flare out shape stage. https://ukrbin.com/show_image.php?imageid=106364 They were really soft for a braket so it caught my interest. Thanks for the reply. Ill post about another mushroom I found today but for weird prettyness sake!
  25. Hi, Just been to Helvellyn and found these that we suspect may be Liberty Caps but we would like to get it confirmed please if anyone could advise
  26. Hi, we've just picked these from some grasslands in the UK, we think they resemble Liberty Caps however I'm not 100 percent, could anyone advise please?
  27. I've been seeing a lot of these lately under hemlocks, beech, birch, and maple in Upstate NY. They have exceptionally firm flesh and a neutral scent, and they seem to stay intact for at least ten days at a time. Haven't done a spore print, unfortunately. Any ideas?
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