When: 2008-10-12

Seen at: Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Identification by Dr. Lorelei Norvell, assisted by Dr. Judy Rogers. This is an interesting fungal species cultivated as food by local Thatcher ants in nests/mounds which can reach 4-5 feet high. Should any parasitic fungi kill the ant colony, it is not uncommon to see massive fruitings of this mushroom on their old nests, which are often made up of Douglas fir needles and some very small twigs. A few years afterwards the ants die, sometimes large truffles can be found under the decomposing needles as well.


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