09.16.2020 Bleeding Fairy Helmet

I don’t name ’em…I just photograph them.  🙂

A friend on Facebook posted some huge Amanitas which I then went looking for on Saturday.  I did find them but as I have done a few times, I am only mentioning them for the moment.  They will follow.  But I always enjoy finding Mycenas and who could resist such a delightfully named species.

Bleeding Fairy Helmets-aka Burgundy Drops-aka Bleeding Mycena-Mycena haematopus



About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 09.16.2020 Bleeding Fairy Helmet

  1. shoreacres says:

    Actually, I’ll take Burgundy Drops as my common name of choice: partly because the vision of a fairy helmet, bleeding or not, seems just too odd.

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  2. Wikipedia says of the genus Mycena that “over 33 species are known to be bioluminescent, creating a glow known as foxfire. These species are divided among 16 lineages, leading to evolutionary uncertainty in whether the luminescence developed once and was lost among many species, or evolved in parallel by several species. One advantage of bioluminescence may lie in its potential to attract insects that can disperse the mushroom’s spores.”

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  3. The name is very evocative, Steve, and I find it easy to envision little fairies taking cover under the mushrooms during a rainfall. Actually, maybe we should rename them into fairy umbrellas.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I saw a whole line of yellow amanitas across one of our trails with one popping up every foot or so for at least 20.’ I assume they are from a long tree root. Quite the show, but they are being eaten fast.

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  5. krikitarts says:

    I’d greatly prefer “blushing” to “bleeding,” but then, I wasn’t there for the naming. Oh, well.

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  6. Mycenas are always lovely to discover. They do hold a kind if fantasy magic for me. I particularly like the reddish flush to the caps of your species., Steve.


  7. bluebrightly says:

    That IS a funny name but your photo isn’t funny – it’s beautiful. You have done those subtle colors justice!

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