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Oh yes,
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-03-17 08:58:04 PDT (-0700)

I forgot about that – we have that in Europe too although it is extremely rare. I found it once when I was younger but did neither keep it nor show it to someone. I am looking every year at the place where I found it but it does not show up again. Damn :)

In North America
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2012-03-17 08:54:51 PDT (-0700)

There is a variety which does not bruise blue as I found out once showing a group at a foray how dramatic the color change usually is. Ooops!

I agree to a certain extent.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-03-17 07:14:01 PDT (-0700)

It is truly unnecessary to harvest this or similar Boletes, once you know it you know it and it is sufficient to slightly touch or bruise it without destroying it. At least in Europe there is not a single mushroom with which it could be mistaken. You have the var. violaceotinctus which I found in NC too but usually you can tell that apart too without destroying it.
But as to crusts, you also destroy their sporocarps when you take it with you. It is the same as with other fungi. But I think they are not that endangered because there aren’t that many harvesters after them and they can hide perfectly on the underside of rotten logs and the like. Unfortunately in more than 80 % of the cases you cannot identify them without destroying them or at least disturb them.

Thanks for your care
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-17 06:58:08 PDT (-0700)

of this spectacular mushroom. It is difficult to justify the ID process for many of the big and beautiful. The chances of a spore achieving such maturity is astronomically bad. And the number of spores that are compromised by a ‘harvesting’ is equally astronomical. The idea is that the harvester will pick out one of many for the ID, but in reality there is often only one to choose from. Another good reason to take an interest in crusts…,

Look at photo 3.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-03-17 02:35:36 PDT (-0700)

I have scratched the margin of the cap to show the blue. I did not harvest the specimen so I did not want to damage it more.

No slice to show the blue?
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2012-03-16 17:15:25 PDT (-0700)

You have unusual restraint!