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Forage Friday #76 The Mushroom Dilemma

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Forage Friday is only intended to be a conversation starter and not a replacement for actually receiving an education from a qualified instructor and especially when it comes to mushrooms. My knowledge of mushrooms is extremely limited and therefore I am uncertain about the Identity of mushrooms in tonight’s post.

My forestry instructor once told us a story about an elderly woman who had decided to take up foraging for mushrooms. Now this was in the days before the internet was a common thing and you couldn’t use an app on your phone to get an ID on what you were looking at. So to the library she went and she looked at pictures of mushrooms for days trying to memorize as much detail as she could. And like a lot of people she got it wrong with a few. Her family called for an ambulance and the hospital pumped her stomach, gave her the antidote and after a few days sent her home. Not 2 days later she was back in the ER with the same problem of mushroom poisoning. The doctor was understandably concerned as to why she would endanger herself by eating the same mushrooms that made her sick the first time and asked her why she took the second risk. Her answer was that they looked so pretty. Of course my classmates and I imeadiatly made the connection between mushrooms and pretty colors and we all had a good laugh. But at the end of the day someone almost lost their life twice due to misidentification. There’s also an issue of certain mushrooms being edible but having a bad reaction to other food and drink.

Honey mushrooms are a good example of a mushroom that might make some people sick if consumed with alcohol. And that’s what I currently believe is in tonight’s feature image.

Honey mushrooms are ringless mushrooms that are actually parasites on certain hardwoods. They grow in clusters and are among the more prized by people who forage mushrooms. And they also look a lot like Jack O Lantern mushrooms.

Jack O Lantern mushrooms have a ring and gills and grow on rotting trees.

Unknown Mushrooms found growing on rotting wood in July 2020

The image on the right is a clump of mushrooms that look like honey mushrooms but because the grass is hiding the stem I cannot tell if they have a ring.

One way thats a little better to tell the difference is the spore print. Honey mushrooms have a white spore print where Jack O Lanterns have a green spore print.

The mushrooms in these photographs were growing on land that doesn’t belong to me so I couldn’t ethically harvest them for testing.

So here’s one that the readers can help me out with. Do you think they’re honey mushrooms or Jack O Lanterns? Let me know in the comments.

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The Color Change On The Roads

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The color of mountains are slowly changing from lush green to gold and brown. Some time within the next three or four weeks we should reach peak color in nature’s grand finale. It only seems like yesterday that I was so excited to see the first bloom of Spring! The days of the sun seemed to pass before my eyes like the images in a Zoetrope until they blended into a single moment.

The first noticeable change for me this year was the appearance of the Plains Coreopsis along the road. Bright sunny pedals embrace a reddish brown center in a beautiful display of joy. Also known as Golden Tickseed they were not seen in these numbers in my youth. Instead we saw black-eyed Susans, ironweed, Joe Pye weed and Virginia Boneset gracing our ancient hills. Occasionally tall cattails would take root in the ditches and host Red-winged Blackbirds along quiet country lanes. We still have these on the back roads.

The Plains Coreopsis also feeds butterflies and bees while they’re in bloom but the road crews are required to mow them before they form seed to prevent them from becoming invasive. On the surface that’s a good thing because we have enough invasive species in the Appalachian Mountains. Mostly Asian varieties that were brought here as ornamental plants. But the problem is that the edge species that have been replaced by the Plains Coreopsis were also a food source for out native birds. The beautiful Plains Coreopsis would provide the birds with an edible seed but that has to be removed to prevent the spread of the plants. The results are less food for the songbirds. The advantage to the person who wants to attract songbirds is that it becomes easier when they’re looking for a meal.

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The Meeting Of Friends

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Where the sun smiles brightly on shallow waters and life seems to spring from everywhere the humble field thistle stretches it’s spiny leaves skyward. The sweet aroma of nectar draws all who seek the taste of nature’s ambrosia. The small bumblebee lands softly on the downy tuft above the thorns. From below, a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle’s armor pushes aside the thorns as it climbs towards it’s treasured prize. I watched trough my lens as the two insects meticulously sorted through the purple strands.  They nearly collided several times and when the finally did face each other what ensued was a short game of patty cake played with antenna.  I had to giggle slightly at first and then I wondered if this was some insect form of a secret handshake.  The latter is most likely the truth. An insects antenna is a highly acute sensor array capable of receiving complex information.  in an instant massive amounts of information was exchanged and rechecked. Both creatures are solitary beings who don’t normally share a space.  I’ve actually observed sparing matches between bumblebees for control of the same territory. But here are two insects with the only thing in common is the flower their feeding on. Knowing that insects are living chemical factories and that beetles especially are masters of chemical signals I wonder if the little soldier beetle was able to somehow camouflage it’s scent? Regardless of the reason how these two decided to share they did in fact go back to feeding together in peace. Is the soldier beetle a Jedi master able to trick the bee into ignoring him? Or was it as simple as a conversation between bugs?
“Hi, I’m a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle but everyone just calls me Leatherwing.”
“Nice to meet you. I’m a bumblebee but everyone thinks I’m a small carpenter bee. “
“Cool, let’s do lunch.”
“Okay,”
Either way, it would be great if we could take a lesson from these insects and just get along.

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Second Harvest

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The changing breezes call out to the workers “come and follow.” As they yield to scent floating on soft currents they fan out amid the fall flowers. Blue-green leaves spread in welcoming gestures bend and sway softly as the little feet find their landing. Pale yellow flowers gaze down and smile in their own way as the grooming begins. The wings beat out music that’s only understood by nature and the beekeepers soul. The little ones perform their work without promoting from human hands. This is the second harvest of God’s providence and it’s the most important to the hive. The first harvest was given in tribute to the kindly master of the hive in tribute. But this harvest will carry the hive through on days when it’s too cold to fly and the forage is scarce. It’s an important task but one that’s performed without angst. The last days of the sun are still plentiful and there’s more than enough for everyone.

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The Closing Of The Season

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Where the warm breeze ends the tiny wings find their prize. The tall lanky plant with irregular pedals and spiked ball flowers welcomes the little visitor in the waning days of its season. The feeding session has the appearance of an embrace as the little blue butterfly clings gently to it’s host and accepts the sweet gift generated from within the flower’s depths. The shadow of the mountains grows subtly longer with each sunset. With each cool morning it takes the butterflies longer to warm up and begin their work of visiting the blooms and spreading joy. And yet the little Summer Azure is undeterred and performs it’s duty with a look of satisfaction. In it’s contentment the final secret is revealed that the last drop of nectar was the sweetest.

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