Fun Guys

The fun guys, a.k.a fungi were not partying a lot. However we did manage to find some pretty cool ones at Caddo NG this past week!

Polypore fun guys!
A two toned fun guy!

So I just have to check the underside. In this case I found some tiny red and black beetles. There is a family of beetles called Pleasing Fungus Beetles (Erotylidae). “A wide variety of fungi serves as hosts for the family as a whole, but each pleasing fungus beetle species seems to be specific to a certain group of fungi.” A species called Tritoma atriventis has the right color pattern and right size. The fungus was on decaying wood which is the type of fungus that Tritoma likes. However don’t bet the farm on this ID. πŸ™‚

A large oak branch had fallen and now was covered in the shelf fun guys! A rave? πŸ˜‰
A bright orange fun guy! It was a bit dried out. Maybe it had too much to drink. LOL.
Shelf fun guys that had climbed the branch on a fallen log! Perhaps they drank too much and were climbing the flag pole.
Here was a tiny orange one. So it was very delicate as even a soft brush left lines on the top. We had tried to brush off the sand granules.
Indeed a moss provided a green party hat for this fun guy! πŸ™‚
These were the really cool fun guys! Sometimes called the Devil’s Urn or the Black Tulip.
A closer look at one individual. So I thought I had seen these before. However I could not remember from where. Though once home with access to my collection of photos, I found that I had seen them at Caddo NG in April 2022. These guys are found at about the same time as morels. In fact while we were out surveying we ran into a mother and son out hunting the morels. The Devil’s Urn is not very edible. Moreover apparently one person survived eating it thinking it was another species. Beware! Indeed definitely the safer philosophy is to buy at the store.

Here was just a baby!
A teenager!

So lift your cups to the fun guys!

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  1. I love the fun guy with the green party hat. Whoa, the devil’s urns are really cool! Glad you survived your party with those excessively fun guys!

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