Cordyceps and other oddities

Yesterday (May 13) I went up to Lone Mountain State Forest in Morgan County with David and his Dad, (Michael). The predicted rain let off and it turned out to be a nice day. I thought a few pictures could illustrate the diversity of the woods as well as some things you don’t see every day.

cordycepsFirst off is the Cordyceps we found. In this case, the parasitic fungus seems to be on a large white grub that tried to pupate. I was able to see the mandibles and legs of the grub. I sent the picture to Mike Hopping and he suggested checking out Ophiocordyceps melolonthae for the fungus. The beetles in the genus Melolontha are large grubs so maybe that’s it. I am a Cordyceps dilettante, so anyone who has other ideas on a clear I.D., send it to me.

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Next up is Xylocoremium flabelliforme. I rarely see this little anamorph of Xylaria (as I understand it), and it has always been sporulating at the time. This was a chance to catch it early and Mike got an excellent macro shot of it.

 

IMG_1119IMG_0037I love slime molds, and Tubifera ferruginosa, is one of the prettiest in its plasmodial stage.. However, I have never seen it like this – working hard at covering all the small bracket fungi (I failed to ID them because I got too excited about the “raspberry mold” already dwelling on the fallen limb). Oh well, you tell me.  :-)

Sweeet KnotFour days ago,on Monday, Derek and I turned up a “Sweet Knot” , Globifomes graveolens, near to where I parked today so I thought I might see it; however, we missed it. Probably because we got to admiring the white, chalky residue of a humongous Chicken of the Woods on the other side of the road. Anyway, it was my first sweet knot ever so here it is. It’s an older specimen, so it’s black rather than brownish or sienna. Apparently, old timers used to split them and use them as deodorizers in their outhouses. Legend or fact? Let me know,

IMG_0033I’m also interested in insect galls,but I had never seen/noticed,/been aware of the aphid gall on witch hazel shrubs. This particular individual was covered in them.

 

 

 

IMG_0035IMG_1281Some sweet shrub and Indian cucumber blooms topped off the day. Of course, we found a number of other cool mushrooms along the way.

 

One thought on “Cordyceps and other oddities

  1. What a special day it was. An off-season foray with Dr Whitey produced multiple opportunities to explore his extensive knowledge of some rarely seen ‘shrooms as well as that of flora and fauna. I cannot wait for our next adventure. Some photos of the day are here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikegras/shares/5tF1Gs

    I’m very happy to have met you Dr. Whitey, will be in touch.

    @mikegras

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