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Amanita thiersii


Traveling through Washington County and then through Centralia yesterday, I saw several patches of Amanita thiersii in yards, often growing in fairy rings, as in the first photo. The Missouri Mycological Society posted some images of these too. It's likely that this widespread flush owes to the heavy rains we had last week. My Shiitake logs are fruiting too, and I know that was caused by the rain. Note in the last photo the partially missing cap. I looked around for the rest of it, thinking maybe a deer knocked it over, but I didn't see it anywhere. I wonder what might be eating these foul smelling mushrooms.