The other day we took a break from our acorn burying to rest in the shade on this stump.
Pretty soon Hickory was ready to run again, but I paused to peer at the stump edge. “There are two fungus types growing here, but I believe they are both Turkey Tail fungus,” I told him.
He perched beside me and swished his tail. “Nope. Only the striped one. The gold one might have the waves, but it’s missing the stripes.”
I compared the gray striped one to the plain gold one, then we left for acorn hunting again. Later that day I hunted down Miz Flora and asked her.
“He’s right,” she said. “The scientific name is Trametes versicolor. Versicolor means ‘of several colors’. Turkey Tail fungus isn’t just orange and gold. It can be other colors, but it always shows several colors. Your plain gold fungus is something else, and I have to admit, I only know they most common fungus so it’s a mystery to me.
And it’s a mystery to me why I hadn’t picked up that fungus tidbit and Hickory had. But I know it now!
This looks like the perfect ‘wildlife statue’ for you humans to rest on while leaf peeping this autumn.
Have a great week!
We gave this bird a wide berth…until we realized he was a smaller bird, not a hawk!
It is Friday the thirteenth, you know!
Monarchs aren’t the only ones we’ve seen flying these days.
Our strange mystery today is an egg case. A praying mantis egg case, and specifically a Carolina Mantis egg case.
The scientific name for it is an ootheca, and this particular one is oblong and larger than a ping pong ball, so that means it was laid by the Carolina Mantis. Remember the mantis we showed a week or so ago? That’s the one.
We admit, we had help figuring out which of the two praying mantis had laid it. Appalachian Feet posted a great description that will help you with future identifications.
This is the kind of thing you find when the leaves start to drop.
If you know what it is, give us a guess in the comments!
Don’t know about our human readers, but here in northern Virginia we had a false fall. It’s been back to the heat for us and trying to stay cool!
The monarchs are migrating. We know it’s been terribly dry, so if you still have blooms in your yard, please water them for the end-of-season insects!
We squirrels aren’t the only ones collecting those delicious acorns plonking on the rooftops of your human cars.
But this year, it looks like there will be enough to go around, for squirrels and chipmunks alike!