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Fly on White

By Terry L    
Image taken in situe with a softbox and white opaque perspex behind the fungi, flash fired from behind to obtain a pure white background, no fungi were harmed or disturbed in the creation of this image.

Taken at Beacon Wood Country Park, Bean, Kent. There were absolutely hundreds of these fine fungi in various stages of growth, a quite magnificent display.

The Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria, is a hallucinogen and must be considered poisonous. These attractive fungi often appear in groups and are a common sight in all kinds of woodlands.

Usually recurring in the same place for several years, Amanita muscaria is found frequently throughout the northern hemisphere, including Britain and Ireland, mainland Europe, Asia, the USA and Canada.

Young Amanita muscaria fruitbodies are covered entirely in pointed white warts. When they first emerge from the leaf litter of the forest floor, the young fruitbodies are covered entirely in pointed white warts. As the caps expand the red pellicle shows through until eventually the cap comprises mainly red skin with white warts distributed more or less evenly across its surface. Heavy rain or even contact with animals is sometimes sufficient to remove some or all of the white flakes from the cap of a Fly Agaric, so you may see some 'bald' specimens.

The common name Fly Agaric is a reference to the tradition of using this mushroom as an insecticide. In some European countries caps of Amanita muscaria are crumbled up and placed in saucers of milk to attract house flies. The flies drink the milk, which contains toxins - they are soluble in water and hence in milk also - dissolved from within the mushroom, and the flies soon become drowsy, collapse and die (or they simply drown in their spiked milk drink). The specific epithet muscaria comes from the Latin word musca, meaning 'a fly'.

Tags: Fungi Bean Forest Kent Fly Woodland Moss Agaric Birch Wildlife and nature

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taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
30 Nov 2014 9:46PM
A fabulous presentation! brilliant work!
ade123 9 285 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2014 9:49PM
An amazing image Terry

ali63 10 791 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2014 10:05PM
Outstanding image,

chappo1 14 6 17 Australia
30 Nov 2014 10:06PM
Top class image and I enjoyed the commentary on how it was done and the details of life cycle and uses.

You mentioned that they are found all over Europe, they are common in Australia (well at least Victoria) as well....john
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
30 Nov 2014 11:27PM
Superb image, beautifully done and presented.
Thanks for the info on how you did this.
And a pristine specimen too.......any I have found this year have been nibbled and had holes in them.
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
1 Dec 2014 3:48PM
Beautiful image and presentation Terry.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
1 Dec 2014 5:35PM
Excellent stuff Terry, great 'Text Book' image.

Greyheron 20 282 7 England
1 Dec 2014 6:48PM
This has worked quite well Terry well worth all the thought and chat to get to this point do hope you took a few more Wink

teocali Plus
14 442 18 England
2 Dec 2014 7:11PM
Superbly taken and presented, Terry. Detailed to perfection and accompanied by a great informative write up.
bricurtis Plus
17 2.7k 53 England
4 Dec 2014 8:42PM
A beautiful illustration type image Terry - lovely work.
A Booth 20 11 4 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2014 11:19AM
creative lighting, excellent capture and presentation.
8 Jan 2015 6:39PM
Brilliant Terry!
Excellent work, a super image. Love the detail and presentation.

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