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  1. These may be Lyophyllum decastes, which actually is an edible type. But more information is needed in order for a confident ID. For example, spore print color. Although even if the spore print color supports a Lyophyllum decastes ID proposal (white spore print), then I would still not feel confident about saying this is the ID. Here is the Mushroom Expert description of L. decastes http://www.mushroomexpert.com/lyophyllum_decastes.html. Note that it is explained about how this name likely refers to each several different species. The list of verification criteria includes some microscopic traits. So, I hope I don't sound like a hypocrite when I now say... maybe it's best to assume these are not edible...! (unless you can arrive at a confident L. decastes ID).
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    Amanita muscaria??

    I think this may be A. augusta. A. muscaria should have a more ragged basal volva, concentric rings around the stalk base or maybe one large gutter-like margin atop the bulb.
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    Honeys ID

    So not many Armillaria in SW PA...? Here in NE PA it's been the best year in memory.
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    I've been getting Blewits under conifers.
  5. How can you be "pretty sure" about edibility without knowing the identity of the mushrooms? Will look for post that includes viewable photos.
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    any idea?

    Not familiar with Lycopodium. I googles this name and got a Wikipedia result saying it's a genus of moss.
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    Please Help Me Identify Mushroom Find 10-11-18

    They do look like a species of Agaricus, although the dark gray mature gills is something I don't associate with Agaricus (which generally has brown gills at maturity). As has been mentioned, odor is an important aspect of Agaricus ID. The very last photo shows a mushroom with what appears to be white gills. Possibly a different species.
  8. Very interesting! My first impression was "Berkeley's Polypore" (Bondarzewia berkeleyi, a seemingly appropriate thing to find in Berkeley ). But the mass consists of shelves that are kinda tightly arranged for BP. I think this may be an example of a young Meripilus sumstinei (Black Stainign Polypore), infrequent in western NA but possible. If you allow this to continue to grow, then it may reveal more clues.
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    ID please for Bolete

    Thank you, Shywiles. I haven't had enough time lately to visit this website as much as I'd like. Too many mushrooms out there right now, and I spend a lot of time picking/studying and preparing the edibles. Also, the local club here in NE PA has a facebook page, and I've been busy posting comments there.
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    Just to be sure!

    This is certainly Grifola frondosa. A really nice one!
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    ID Help Please

    Last pic looks like Turkey Tail, ie. Trametes versicolor. If correct, then you will see very small pores on the undersides... possibly requiring some magnification. The very similar Stereum ostrea has pores so small you need a microscope to see them, so the fertile under-surface appears to be smooth. For the gilled mushrooms. I like the Flammulina suggestion. If correct, they should have been found growing directly on a dead tree (infrequently on buried wood). Also, like has been said, white spores.
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    please identify

    Both the aborted Armillaria fruit bodies (the globs) and the Entoloma mushrooms are edible. When firm, the globs are good. They may be batter-dipped and deep-fried. I tried the Entoloma mushrooms once. A friend and I agreed they were really good. But, E. abortivum is one of very few non-toxic Entoloma species. I know someone who got sick eating what he believed to be E. abortivum mushrooms. Possibly, he collected another species of Entoloma growing near the abortivum.
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    I'm not sure if the habitat has been mentioned. What kind of trees?
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    please identify

    Looks like the Entoloma abortivum mushroom. But, possibly a different species of Entoloma.
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    Help me identify these mushrooms

    The yellow ones are likely a species from the Coprinellus micaceus group. The white ones with the light brown umbos (humps in the cap center) are probably s species of Mycena, maybe M. galericulata.