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  1. Definitely not chanterelle. You need a good book! Bruce
  2. Yep. These are actually rather tasty if fresh. Bruce
  3. That's what they look like to me. Bruce
  4. If you're talking about aquatics, see https://bloomington.in.gov/sites/default/files/2017-06/Griffy Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan Feb 2017.pdf If it's land stuff, I suspect autumn olive, bush honeysuckle and/or garlic mustard. Bruce
  5. Not Hericium. I don't know what it is. Bruce
  6. This is not really on-topic, but has become something of an FAQ. So I'll answer it anyway. I've never seen "magic" mushrooms growing wild in Indiana. If this is really important to you, you will have to buy spore syringes and grow them out yourself. See https://www.sporebank.com/ and https://www.mushroomvideos.com/BRF-Pf-Tek). There are other spore suppliers on the web, and many other resources providing advice as to mushroom propagation. As to whether any of these sites are monitored by the DEA, I can't answer that. Bruce
  7. Looks like wood ear to me, too. One side is typically fuzzy-looking while the other is smooth. Although you should never rely on others to identify mushrooms for you, I think you're pretty safe with this one. You may be disappointed, though. Wood ears aren't exactly flavorful...they are used to add texture. Your best bet is to chop them up for a soup. A Google search will turn up plenty of recipes. Bruce
  8. Never took a class, but have read several books. I can recommend the following: https://smile.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-America-Field-kitchen/dp/0292720807/ https://smile.amazon.com/National-Audubon-Society-American-Mushrooms/dp/0394519922 https://smile.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-Illinois-Surrounding-Kitchen/dp/0252076435/ https://smile.amazon.com/100-Edible-Mushrooms-Michael-Kuo/dp/0472031260 Hope this helps, Bruce
  9. Beautiful! I haven't been out mushrooming all year. Shame on me. Bruce
  10. Yes, it looks like a Pluteus. I've never had the nerve to pick and eat one. Too many look-alikes. For sure I would never attempt to ID it for you only to have you get sick. I suggest you continue to educate yourself on both the mushrooms and the risks and avoid putting your health in the hands of others. Regards, Bruce
  11. Looks like Tylopilus felleus Regards, Bruce
  12. Agreed...it's Artomyces pyxidatus. They are actually quite tasty, but you have to collect a lot of them, and it can be a chore to remove all the wood particles. Beware of look-alikes, particularly various species of Ramaria. Bruce
  13. Agreed. Past it's prime, though. Cincinnatus have the white underside and often appear on roots instead of exposed wood (as opposed to sulphureus). Bruce
  14. Here in central IN, I've never found any before Independence Day. I went out looking earlier this week, thinking that maybe we've had the rain and degree-days this year so that they'd be up a little early. Nope.
  15. I can't speak to this one. Have you found anything yet? The Stamets book referenced earlier might have some recommendations (I don't actually own the book, but have read a friend's copy). Sounds cool, though. I wish you luck on the morels. They are very resistant to cultivation...if it was easy a lot of people would already be doing it. Regards, Bruce
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