Observation 20543: Cryptoporus volvatus (Peck) Shear

When: 2009-04-23

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

These were growing on a pine tree. I found them in the dark as i was making my way out of the woods. Note the the pink granules inside the veil.

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Recognized by sight: The pink color seems a little odd to me, but if I saw these in California this is what I’d call them. Note that these have evolved to be eaten by insects (bark beetles I believe) and the granules may well be insect frass.

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great macro-shots of this common and commonly overlooked fungus!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-04-24 19:06:51 CDT (-0400)

It is fascinating how the spores (if that is what they are, and indeed seems likely) clump like that, and how very coated the beetles get…are they actually eating this spore mass, and behaving like bees carrying pollen? How curious! I for one will look more closely the next time I see these in the field.

Good description…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-04-24 18:55:33 CDT (-0400)

on this site no less (thanks to Tom Volk and Lauren Z)! According to that the pink color is normal. Checkout the description by clicking the link in the box above.

pink spores
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-04-24 17:04:33 CDT (-0400)

The pink granules are probably accumulated spores, as this species’ spores are pink. Two black insects and one little brown one can be seen in the last photo.

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