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  1. Kind of looks like Phaeolus schweinitzii dye makers polypore. Looks fuzzy velvety on both sides in a few photos. Speculation on my part however.
  2. That might be right JD. A few points that might change that is the pore surface seems more white/cream than pale yellow, I can find no mention that B. projectellus has pores that bruise brown and the photo shows bruising on the pores, and the reticulation on the stem does not seem pronounced enough for the species. However it may be that in your area the species varies a bit from the standards in field guilds. If you look at the write up on B. projectellus at Rogers mushrooms and on Mushroom Expert they do vary a bit and seem slightly inconsistent. So it is possible you have this one.
  3. My guess would be a Shaggy Parasol species. Chlorophyllum rhacodes, olivieri, and brunneum. To me this one fits C. olivieri. These were listed as Macrolepiota in the past but have been reclassified. Some people are allergic to them. This would be my guess anyway.
  4. In general touching them should pose no threat. Mushrooms of all kinds that I know can only be toxic when ingested. My guess would be that these are Armillaria sp. Quite possibly mellea due to the ring. Still it would be better for someone who collects Honeys (which I do not) to chime in.
  5. 1st specimen I cannot see any reticulation at the apex of the stem which makes me doubt it is B. illudens. 2nd specimen to me is a different species. Pore surface differs in pore size and arrangement as well as color and seems to have some dark staining where it was touched or handled. Stem also shows clear reticulation. Going to think on these a bit and let you know if I come up with anything.
  6. It is a smaller group here and sometimes it takes a day or two for somebody to come along who is familiar with a species in an ID request. For instance I enjoy the puzzle of IDing mushrooms, but I have no confidence in my amanita or amanita look alike skills so most of the time I keeep mum on these. For me white cap and white gills leave it alone and move on. Others, here however will be of great help when they happen to see this post.
  7. Flesh color should be very clearly stark white. Spore print pink/salmon for Clitopilus prunulus. You may be correct on this one. However, something looks off to me. Might just be the specimen or the way I see it in the photo but the gills look too crowded and detached for the species. Stem seems to be centered and kind of robust, both of which is wrong for the species. Just an observation that may prove to be wrong. Odor may be another key indicator for this specimen.
  8. Lack of reticulation in the first specimen would cause me to have the opinion that it is not B. illudens. Do you happen to know what kind of trees either specimen was growing around? Which specimen did you happen to spore print? Boletes are my favorite. Sometimes hard to ID, but always with a little personality I think. With Boletes the more info the better. Maybe that is true of any mushroom to be honest. What tree it was growing around, flesh color, staining, dry or sticky, smell, taste. Anything can help and can also let you know that you just found a different spcies from another one that looked kind of similiar. Dave, the Bolete Master can probably tell you based on just a photo, but me I need all the darn help I can get.
  9. Are all the photos of the same specimen? It may just be the photos but my first thought was thought you have two different species here. Pore surface and stem reticulation look different in the last photo than in the other photos. May be true of the third photo also?
  10. My thought would be for the first group Omphalotus illudens Jack o' Lantern.
  11. Another indicator might be yellow bruising or lack of, tan/brown scales on cap that seem absent in the photos. Im a chef so I tend to think about things in food terms but Arvensis caps kind of looks like toasted Meringue to me. The scales on the stem often do the same. While there is a texture to the stem in the photo it lacks the toasted merigue look, same for the cap.
  12. JDC Hemlock may grow in your area, they do not however grow on the coast of NC where I live. Not sure of hemlock ranges but I do know they grow in the mountains of NC some maybe in the mountains of Georgia as well?
  13. Another possibility would be a Xanthoconium sp. I find those in my yard in NC and my first reaction was Edilus type. Not the case however.
  14. Not sure I would call this one Phaeolus schweinitzii, but I could be wrong. Color pattern and growth do not match the ones I have found elsewhere in the South (NC). Also, I think it might be asking a lot to call the tree in the photo a conifer. If it is a conifer it would have to be hemlock which doesn't grow in my area. Certainly is not pine which accounts for 85% of the trees in the South it seems like (joking). An example of one I found this summer.
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