newcard1's picture

Garden Fungi

Observed: 16th August 2013 By: newcard1

These fungi occur annually in a distinct line around a silver birch tree in my lawn. I dont recognize this from my book. Many of them get partly eaten. I've seen slugs on them but they often look more damaged than slugs would produce. What else might be eating them?


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Fly Agaric's picture

un identified fungi.

Hi, my attempt at identification on your fungi is really only a guide as I am not sure of the difference between this fungi and one called 'the panther cap'. I am sure its one of the amanita family though, I am not sure what could be eating it .......deer maybe, or a squirrel.

I hope this is of some help.

Amadan's picture

There's a web page

That notes the differences, but please beware: one is tasty, the other might also be so, but only once!

newcard1's picture

Unidentified fungi

Thank you both for your helpful comments and the link to the web page. They don't actually seem to 'blush' with bruising. I do get grey squirrel and it is possibly this that eats them. This made me wonder whether some poisons are deadly to man but not to squirrels. I found the comment that both Blusher and Panther Cap can grow in close proximity a useful warning. I'm certainly not going to try to eat them. It's a pity because they grow in such profusion!

Fly Agaric's picture


Agreed not worth trying either just in case! Quite similar and never worth the risk! :)

Amadan's picture

Plant and fungal toxins

Are often deadly to people - and domestic animals - but palatable to other species. You only have to look at slugs pigging out on Death-Caps.
And some use them to advantage. Cinnabar moth caterpillars store the alkaloid from ragwort,and it makes them toxic to predators as adults.