Notes: I don’t really know that this is Hypomyces. But it seems reasonable given the area. The host mushroom is unrecognizable at this stage, but the most common mushrooms nearby were either Russulas or Amanitas. This parasite has taken over the entire stipe and most of the cap, making it into a crusty white coccoon. If you can positively identify this by the photos, you’re better than I am.
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I suspect (cannot prove) the base mushroom was a Russula, based solely on the large thick stalk. Other than A. muscaria, I don’t see many thick-stalked Amanitas. I hope I’m wrong – H. hyalinus would be a first for me.
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