Fungi forum: Unusual shape to this unknown ???

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Name: Kristi
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Feb 19, 2018 10:21 PM CST
On a weekend walk through the woods, I found this unusual growth and wonder why I'd never noticed one like this in the past.

It is four inches tall. Each side has a slit which is open. That makes four openings.

It has a black slimy surface inside the top of each opening.

I was unable to detect an odor but noticed it had what appeared to be fruit flies buzzing in and out of the open slits.

This is one of the more peculiar growths I have encountered. Any thoughts?
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Name: Kristi
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Feb 20, 2018 8:20 PM CST
And the final chapter on this fungus (?).

I walked out to check it before the rain storms hit and this is what I found.

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It appears to have had something eating on it.

When I looked closer I could see who was dining. YUK!


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Name: Frank Mosher
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fwmosher
Feb 22, 2018 12:21 PM CST
Wow! I forage for fungi a lot, never ran across that one!
Name: Kristi
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Feb 22, 2018 9:12 PM CST
And the sequel...

This morning when I walked the dog, I noticed another in the same vicinity.


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The last photo shows a slug feasting again.

The rain may have pummeled this one a bit but it appears to be the same size and type.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Feb 22, 2018 9:21 PM CST
Have a look at Clathrus columnatus it looks similar if not the same as yours.
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Name: Kristi
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Feb 22, 2018 9:49 PM CST
Yes! I think you have nailed it. Thank you, if it is not Clathrus columnatus it is definitely in the family.

We are looking to a forecast of at least 10 more days of rain. I will be curious to watch that area and see if it produces more. Thank You!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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kniphofia
Mar 12, 2018 12:38 PM CST
These are fabulous, I'd love to see one!
Name: Kristi
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Mar 12, 2018 8:41 PM CST
Thank you Sue. They are most interesting. The area I am finding them in must be suitable or perhaps they have just spread as I have seen a few more come and go. They fascinate me as I have never seen anything like it.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

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