Tuesday, July 06, 2021


 A couple of mushrooms seen on the Lupin Falls trail. With visitors.

Amanita muscaria, Fly Amanita. With a fly.

And with another fly, and rove beetles roving about.

Amanita muscaria var. muscaria has the red cap. The yellowish capped variety is Amanita muscaria var. formosa. They both have the characteristic "warts" on the cap.

And they're both poisonous. The name, "fly amanita" and in Latin, "muscaria", possibly 
... comes from its historical usage as a fly killer. Small pieces of dried mushroom are placed in a bowl of milk. Flies are attracted to a chemical compound in the flesh of this mushroom that intoxicates them. They fall into the milk and drown, or die from the poisons they have consumed." (Common Mushrooms of the Northwest)
I wonder if the live mushroom, solid, makes the flies sick.


Estos son dos hongos que encontré cerca de las cataratas Lupin. Son Amanita muscaria, var. formosa,el hongo llamado matamoscas. El primero viene con una mosca; el segundo lleva además unos escarabajos estafiliínidos.

Amanita muscaria var. muscaria tiene el sombrero rojo. El que tiene el sombrero amarillento es la Amanita muscaria var. formosa. Los dos hongos llevan las manchas características encima.

Y los dos son venenosos. El nombre, "matamoscas' y en latín, muscaria" ...
... se refieren a su uso histórico como matamoscas. Pequeños pedazos del hongo reseco se ponen en un recipiente con leche. Un compuesto químico en la carne de este hongo atrae a las moscas, y las emborracha. Se caen a la leche y se ahogan, o se mueren a causa del veneno que han ingerido." (de Hongos Comunes del Noroeste)
Me pregunto si el hongo vivo, no disuelto en leche, es capaz de dañarlas.

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