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Early Risers - A Thread for reporting unexpectedly early sightings

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sun May 24, 2015 6:54 pm

A thread where reports of unexpectedly early sightings can be discussed. ;)

On a short foray yesterday, in mixed woodland around a local reservoir, we were surprised to find a group of 5 Larch Bolete - Suillus grevillei.
All five were between 75 and 100mm in diameter, but all had been chewed by the local slugs - so I didn't take any photos.
These were a good 10 weeks earlier than any I've previously seen.

A little further on, in a deciduous part of the woods, a single Deer Shield - Pluteus cervinus, of approximately 125mm in diameter, on an old Fagus stump.
Again though, it had been well feasted upon by slugs, so no photo.

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Re: Early Risers - A Thread for reporting unexpectedly early sightings

Post by roy betts » Sun May 24, 2015 10:06 pm

Very unusual to see Suillus this early; I've only one record of Suillus before July, and that was in May 2004 (S. granulatus). Interestingly, someone told me last Sunday that they had seen some at a local site (although he had not collected any).
P. cervinus is not that unusual around here early in the year: since 2003 I have got 8 records for May, plus 4 in April, 2 in March, and one each for Feb. & Jan. This year we found a couple of groups in mixed woodland on May 18th. and on the same day Mycena rosea (my second earliest record for this species).

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Post by Lancashire Lad » Sun May 24, 2015 11:32 pm

I don't know how I managed to miss these earlier, but checking my records more carefully :oops: , I find that I did actually record P.cervinus on 18th May in 2011, although in every other year since I started recording, the earliest find has been mid-late June. I also had an early record for S.grevillei, in 2011, (on 19th June), whereas in other years it has been August or later. But this find on Saturday 23rd may still remains the earliest by some four weeks.

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Post by Waxcap » Mon May 25, 2015 8:50 am

I did see a lone Amanita rubescens a couple of days ago, not unheard of in May but rather earlier than usual.

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Post by adampembs » Sat May 30, 2015 8:37 am

Agaricus augustus - maybe early because its host, a beautiful pine tree, was cut down in the autumn. Perhaps this is its swan song. (I didn't pull these up, saddens me that people do that, especially a fungus as beautiful as this.)
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Post by eltio » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:01 am

On the subject of early Suillus, I found this pair of S. luteus last week in mid-Wales. Only two, and very dry.
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Post by adampembs » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:37 am

I found this Suillus granulatus yesterday
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Post by adampembs » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:29 pm

Hygrocybe conica - Blackening Waxcap in a roadside verge today
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