Oyster Mushroom - This very large fungus called Pleurotus Ostreatus is found in Richmond, Virginia

Dining on the Oyster Mushroom is these guys specialty!

They can devour it in short order with the help of various other fungus connoisseurs.

(click on photos to supersize these little slices of life)

This discriminating beetle is of the family Ciidae. shows other family members here:

The smell of the mushroom is very mild.

A very old Tulip Poplar is dying.

Tom Volk has more information about mushrooms here:

As always you should properly identify any mushroom prior to considering it edible! If unsure at all..... leave it for the beetles ;0)
Nature Photographs by Carolyn Hietala

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