Slow and Steady

A stinkhorn (Phallus) started to push it way out of the hard packed soil in the path near the house. Jim spotted it. Hence being close to the house it was the perfect opportunity! Yes a time lapse movie that covered ten hours of the day! 🙂 Don’t worry the movie is only 39 seconds. 😉

Its pink volva was still clinging to the gelatinous slime.
It was already an inch and half tall when discovered. The spores are in the dark gleba (slime). Insects such as flies and beetles will eat the slime. Thus eating the spores. The spores will come out in their fecal matter plus cling to their feet and legs. Either way the stinkhorn’s spores are dispersed.
My setup included two old phones to capture the action!
After the phones batteries died early in the evening I remembered to take a measurement.
Additionally I put the UV light on it.
The next morning another measurement. It had grown a bit more overnight.

Late afternoon it appeared have to grown a tiny bit more. However it could have been my not exact measurement technique. 🙂
The stinkhorn had begun to shrink and a hole was near the top. The creatures really had a tasty meal!

As promised the movie! Slow and steady!


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  1. Whoa, that is a VERY cool clip! And the beetles are definitely major players. Thank you for capturing the event on video!

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