08.27.2022 They only come out at night!

These are not after your blood although they are decomposers.

Pleated Inky Cap-Parasola plicatilis pops up during the night often after a rain. When I saw these the first time in our yard I thought they were just some little gray mushrooms of little note.  But a closer look changed my mind after seeing the neat pleated shape with those nice ridges. Once the sun rises they dry up until the next wet night.  There should be a tiny elf taking shelter below the parasol…maybe with a Keebler cookie and some Miruvor (Tolkien reference).


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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18 Responses to 08.27.2022 They only come out at night!

  1. You say these come up during the night. Does that mean that if you watched for a few hours you could see one of these rise off the ground?

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  2. So adorable. We don’t see these decomposes here till the first rain in October or sometimes November.

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  3. So interesting. No matter how old you are, there is always more to learn.

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  4. Wally Jones says:

    Fantastic fungus fotograph!

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    Like an umbrella, the mushroom closes when the rain stops, and the sun rises.

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  6. Such a delicate little thing. Nicely captured!

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  7. shoreacres says:

    After our recent rains, one of my favorites emerged. The genus is different, but the delicate parasol shape is the same. I love its pretty lemon-yellow color — and someone actually did a time lapse. The pleating on yours makes up for the somewhat dull gray color.

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    • Thanks for the link. I’ve seen a few time lapses of mushrooms over the years but never felt motivated to do my own. It is an attractive little mushroom and good to know what it’s economic status is within the ecology of my yard.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Fascinating. I think I might have found some of these during a recent early morning hike. Not entirely sure, but the shape is right and I do recall the pleated shape. Interesting how they come up at night and then dry up in the sun. Vampiric mushrooms, what an idea! 🙂

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  9. Parasola plicatilis does look like a parasol … another cool nature design! Did you check to see if there was a tiny frog taking cover under it? 😀

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