In mixed hardwood forest, fresh, attractive, but too rare to collect, extremely well camouflaged. Large, shy black insects – 1-1/2″ × 1/4" seemed to be dwelling in some of the interstitial spaces. Long pointed abdomen with last two sections bright yellow. Wasp relative? No wings noted.

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Thank, Django
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-05-31 11:53:13 PDT (-0700)

I am aware of this publication, just haven’t read it yet.

Check this paper out.
By: Django Grootmyers (Heelsplitter)
2016-05-31 11:43:46 PDT (-0700)

Polyporus sensu lato is polyphyletic and Polyporus sensu stricto has been restricted to Polyporus tuberaster and its closest relatives.

Not sure, Martin…
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-05-31 11:30:39 PDT (-0700)

Walter created the new name just a few days ago, and the old one must have been deprecated for a good reason by Erlon/Herbert Baker despite the fact that both Mycobank and IF/SF list P. umbellatus as the current name.

By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2016-05-31 09:53:35 PDT (-0700)

What is the source of the name change?

IF indicates current name as Polyporus umbellatus.

Good point, Martin
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-05-31 09:15:49 PDT (-0700)

I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting “[mushrooms] to live a normal life”. :-) After all, they are God’s creatures, too, and have a meaningful purpose in this world. When I collect samples, I try to to take away with me more than needed. I’ve been trying to encourage our FPP team to leave mushrooms alone if we know what they are and just record their name in the notebook. I feel good about these eco-friendly surveys…

It was primo, so I may have to regret this for a long time
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2016-05-31 09:01:07 PDT (-0700)

I don’t think it is on the red list, and maybe I am not out there enough, but this is the first time I have seen it in 5 years. It was exceptionally well camouflaged…,
so there may be more out there than I think. Maybe I just wanted it to live a normal life.

It’s out there
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2016-05-29 18:09:09 PDT (-0700)

In wet conditions it fruits regularly in the same spot. Eva Skific has many posts of it. I suspect it is more common than records indicate due to it often fruiting in late spring. Enjoy eating it and learn to cultivate it and reap the financial rewards.

Too rare to collect?
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-05-29 17:55:59 PDT (-0700)

No such thing, Martin, when it comes to the edibles. :-) Seriously, is it really on the Red List?