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bobby b

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  1. By the time I started mushroom hunting the ash were mostly dead and I have yet to see a morel on an ash. Yesterday I checked the ash trees which have been treated at Allegheny Counties North Park with no morels found. Even the treated trees sometimes show the damage from the beetles.



  2. A good resource is Inaturalist which I think would require you to register, user name and password. When you get the hang of it, it would let you see all of the mushroom observation in the Thailand area and all other geographic locations. The observations come with the ability to read about the mushroom, if there is available content and to see the taxonomy which is good but not always complete. It also has observations for all of the kingdoms of life. A lot to learn there. Some of the more advanced individuals us mushroomobserver, you can spend a lot of time there. 

  3. Since I retired 5 years ago I've been able to spend a lot of time hunting morels. I still find a few medium size ash trees and damaged but surviving smaller trees but none with morels. Some places have small ash trees sprouting. One place has treated the ash and 3 to 4 dozen are in pretty good shape but I haven't found any morels under them. Last year I found 15 blacks under elms, both live and dead present. That spot produce 5 blacks the year before and only 2 this year. The apple trees produced about 150 americanas and 1 diminutiva last year. Isolated pignut and shagbark hickories produced 77 diminutivas. Isolated poplars produced 9 yellows. Then there's about 200 morels in mixed trees that I didn't accurately note the association. The apple trees nearly exclusively produced americana. The hickories exclusively producing diminutiva. The poplars producing americana, diminutiva & half frees and the elms producing all 4 of our local common morels. It hasn't been as good so far this year, 2 blacks and 21 americana. Too cold at first then just right for while then too cold and then way too hot over this last weekend. The photo showing 2 morels were nearly dried out.




  4. Photo from 7/11/21. With the corrected identification of Hortiboletus I can see it matches well with mushroomexperts photos of Xerocomellus rubellus. Boletes of Eastern NA show Hortiboletus rubellus being less dramatic in color and ornamentation. Thanks Dave.

  5. https://boletes.wpamushroomclub.org/?fwp_filters=found-in-s-w-pennsylvania, try the bolete filter. He talks about the "tells".

    When you click on that link, the page is mostly blank so you'll have to click on the name in the top left for the mushrooms to show.  It takes a while to get the hang of it.

    Go to the #1 filter, Regional. Click on the plus to expand it. Select the northeast. Then select PA. Sometime the photo don't show up. You'll have to reload. Lot's of good identifiers contribute to it including Dave W. I don't think his synoptic key works very well but lots of good info and photos.

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