This is one of my favorite mushrooms, Lactarius indigo. First, because the latex is so beautiful. Second, it is the first species I ate that did not get confirmation from someone else before eating it. That was an empowering experience for a novice. I must admit here that Ellen, mi sposa, spotted it.Note the beautiful cobalt blue latex where I cut it. The gills are a dark whitish blue and the caps of these have bue zonation on a silvery blue-gray background.They tend to have a short stipe (stem), so they grow low and get covered in leaves. They are vey brittle and break if dropped or jostled in the basket. I find them prone to larval tunneling, although the stem is hollow. The cap is glabrous or sticky, so leaves adhere to the surface making it hard to spot. I have found them as singles; however, these were all in a single group within a 20-foot radius. I have only eaten them sauteed and then mixed into scrambled eggs. They are reported to have a “grainy” texure, but I have never noticed it. Anyway they are pretty and good begining forager mushroom, for eating. See Tom Volk’s Mushroom of the Month entry for info on Lactarius, specifically L. indigo.