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This Amanita ________ I found last night?

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These things started popping up everywhere yesterday. I only had a chance to take a look at one last night. Whenever I see such a vibrant white mushroom like this, I think Amanita virosa or Amanita verna. But I am not sure here. They were caught in northern Minnesota, fruiting on the lawn near the edge of some mixed woods. The woods mostly have hardwoods... oak and maybe maple.

If I remember right, some Amanita require looking at spores in a microscope to verify the exact species. But maybe someone can get me on the right direction.

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This is why I love this forum. I think you sent me down a better path here. There was no volva present when I found it. That was partly what was confusing me. It didn't appear that a volva had fallen off either. Leucoagaricus leucothites is what I'm going with unless someone can offer a better suggestion. But I think we have an ID here. Thank you, @Matt McDermott. :-)

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I agree, Leucoagaricus leucothites. I have eaten this species a few times, but it still scares me, because it looks like an Amanita. Spore print is white --like an Amanita. 

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Thanks for the +1 on that ID, @Dave W. Did they taste pretty good?

I know where I can find more but I'm still to nervous to eat them. I'd be so nervous that they wouldn't even taste good. :-D

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I've eaten this type 2 or 3 times, and found them to be very good. But I usually pass them by, or maybe just snap a couple photos. Even though I'm confident about recognizing this species, it still bothers me to eat something that resembles a white Amanita. 

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One time a friend of mine and I found a field full of these.  We picked a few id'ed them but never ate them. Just too freaky. 

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