Red Cage Outrage

Searching for Morels in perfect Morel habitat in southern France at the ideal time (late April), I found a total of zero. Rien. Zilch. Nothing at all in the way of fungi… except lots of very stinky┬áRed Cage fungi Clathrus ruber. One colony, covering about 10 square metres, contained at least 30 fruitbodies, from early egg stage to ripe and rancid with flies munching the spore-laden gleba so eagerly that even the presence of a camera lens a few cm away would not deter them. Well, it was a roadside picnic site…

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The mad Morel search continues…