Saturday, January 3, 2009

fly agaric
Amanita muscaria
var. flavivolvata
more information

Many Amanita are known to be highly toxic. That's why it fascinates me to find them in the woods often with tiny nibble marks on them. What eats them?

ps 09/27/10 - I originally had this posted as an unknown amanita. I finally got around to looking up embedded links and correcting the ID. For a great blog post, check out Kirkstall Creatures Great and Small.

2 comments:

Mr Speckler said...

Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria
We have loads of these in The Speckled Wood. They are particularly associated with Birch trees. Usually they are eaten by Hippies. They are a strong hallucinogenic (Magic) mushroom which you can order on line from Amsterdam. Slugs are also very fond of fungi.

Can I link to my pictures of our own Fly Agaric?

http://tswspecies.blogspot.com/2009/09/fly-agaric_19.html

A mycorrhizal Fungi, it is really important to the plants around it. Also beautiful.

Colin

Nature ID said...

Thank you for this info. After reading some of your posts I have a sudden craving to have mushrooms with supper. A friend told me you've got to lick the Amanita, but I'll pass.