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  1. Okay, that makes sense. I always spore drop directly onto the slide with good success. I also feel it makes color identification easier as you can compare with different backgrounds. I have some congo red but haven't used it yet due to it's cancerous peoperties. But I have had some hard to see spores which makes sense to try congo on. Thanks for sharing your insights!
  2. Is the bottom one the same as the top two? I can see the reticulation on the stem for the top two but not the bottom one. This does not look like bi-color to me. Cap is browner than I'd expect for that.
  3. This is similar to how I was measuring mine before I got a microscope camera. I highly recommend one as it works very well in my opinion. When you say you mount your spore sample, preferably from a drop, what do you mean? I also only mount in KOH normally. What benefits do you see using the other mounting agents (besides melzers)?
  4. I think I see what you're saying. The spore width on a curved spore would be misleading. If the spore is perfectly symmetrical then this method would be accurate. I don't have a great understanding of the measurement methods as this isn't really documented in any sources I've read. I can also use two lines to estimate the width and length as well. It can be a little difficult to make sure the lines are exactly perpendicular though or through the shortest distance. Some spore shapes can be especially difficult to measure. Surprising these have held up so well in our weather. I'm not going to bother with eating them. Honeys are a little rubbery for me anyways.
  5. Spore print is white. Spore size 4.5-5.2 x 6.6-8 micron. Yes, there appears to be yellow scales on the top. Everything seems to be pointing to Armillaria ... But which one im not sure of.. Maybe gallica or calvescens.
  6. Just found these today near the stump of a wild black cherry. Remind me of a honey.
  7. Yes, they stain reddish brownish after 10 to 20 minutes.
  8. I think you need to actually eat the mushroom to be poisonous. If you can wash all of it off I would eat it, mind you spores will coat everything nearby.
  9. You should probably post this in identifying mushrooms if you want an ID.
  10. Don't think so. I just saw a similar fried egg looking cap a few days ago.
  11. I definitely wouldn't eat it if there is blue staining. Here is a post about Boletus Huronensis, although the cap and pores seem a little off color, maybe this one is just fresher? Also, the staining in their mushroom appears to be more spotty and not uniform like yours. https://mushroomobserver.org/observer/show_observation/331948
  12. There is a few attributes you can look at, but this is a difficult species to differentiate. Ramaria formosa is a toxic mushroom similar to the one you posted. I would definitely want to eliminate that as a possibility if you were to eat this. Here is a thread you can read through with some useful info:
  13. The cap color, the chip out of the cap making it look chalky, stem color. The purple around the gills definitely looked off to me, more like a Cortinarius. Just was a guess and I was just going off memory. Looking at my book I would say C camphoratus is possible without any more info.
  14. A russula of some sort perhaps.
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