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Is There a Mycologist in the House?


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After all that rain, these sprouted in my front garden. I'm deeply disturbed, when not giggling a la Beavis and Butthead. Maybe they're Mr. Garrison's Mushrooms. ...anybody?

On a related note, imagine hiking through the woods, and running into one of these babies, not having any idea that they existed. It happened to me about twelve years ago, and evoked the same type of anxiety you might have when encountering a miniature space creature. I hate to say I was scared of a caterpillar, but ... this thing spooked the daylights out of me (it was a good 5-6 inches long and I'm not exaggerating).

It's (appropriately) called a hickory horned devil, btw.

Mutinus elegans? Just a guess.

Just as mankind might have crawled in from the oceans, so has the ventworm. :)

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In protist news, I have a fluorescent yellow plasmodial slime mold in my yard that originated in the mulch that came from the City of Alexandria. It's probably a Physarum. Protoplasmic streaming and cell recognition. Fascinating.

I found out the hard way that if you aim a hose at the "dog vomit" it will just release a gazillion spores into the air. FYI.

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