Thursday 22 October 2020

Scarlet Waxcap and other Fungi of Campus

 There's still the odd bee flying around, and the wasp factory in the spoil heap is keeping busy before the frosts, but insect life has declined with the passing of October so I thought I'd try and find other things to photograph.

As is clear when walking along the cycle path, the one thing we aren't lacking on campus at the moment are fungi. There are shaggy inkcaps in varying states of inky, melted decay everywhere, but I found something even more striking today.

These are scarlet waxcaps, a beautifully coloured fungus that seems to like the mowed area outside one of the car parks. Apparently they are widespread but not massively common, and are edible but essentially tasteless. 

They certainly provide some firey colour amongst the grass.

I also came across a very unpleasant looking fungus which I think is some sort of tremella species like witches butter, although I could be wrong and it is something squeezed out of a rather sick dog. 

The other fungi are more common and humdrum species. Although don't ask me to name them.


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  1. Spectacular fungi Simon. Edible or not i think the colour of those waxcaps (spectacjlar tho it is) would warn me off trying them.

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