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Why did/do boletes hate Pennsylvania this year?

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Greetings!

So I have found a lot of mushrooms this year, but the overwhelming majority of edible ones have been chanterelles. The past two years that I've mushroomed in the summer I've found more boletes than I did this mushroom season so far, where the boletes were very sporadic, and usually not very large. I actually have found clusters of suillus of some kind and some kind of bolete as well in my yard, but I don't know if I've seen a single cluster of two or more at a given spot in the mountains this year. Any ideas? I suspect the rain had something to do with it. 

Thanks for your opinions and knowledge!

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This has been one of the wettest summer's ever in PA. I'm not a bolete expert, but I think that might be the problem. More moisture means more bugs, more mold and faster decomposition 

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I think you're right. I have a theory that it could also do with the chanterelles. They were SO plentiful this year. Maybe they were out-competing other mushrooms species. That's just my theory though. I'm no expert in mushroom biology. 

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I believe that the chanterelle gang and the bolete gang are rivals, and I heard the chanterelles drove the boletes out of PA.  Something to do with some fun guy having a mycorhizzahizal relationship with another fun guys tree....

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Ideally I'd try to come up with some puns to complement that post but it's a work of art in and of itself. I fold.

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4 hours ago, Yergaderga said:

Ideally I'd try to come up with some puns to complement that post but it's a work of art in and of itself. I fold.

Lol!

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Here in Western Pa, Butler county, I've found plenty of Boletes this year... A lot actually. It's been a great year for everything here that I hunt... except Morels. I found a few, but nothing to write home about.

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That's odd. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places. Maybe I should check the hemlock forests instead.

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On 10/9/2018 at 4:08 PM, Staveshaver said:

Here in Western Pa, Butler county, I've found plenty of Boletes this year... A lot actually. It's been a great year for everything here that I hunt... except Morels. I found a few, but nothing to write home about.

Same here in Mercer Co. I found quite a few boletes and the chanterelles were off the hook this year. Morels were spotty. Its been a great year for hens so far. 

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