20 Nov 2008 • 2,715 views
Fly AgaricAmanita muscaria
A deadly harvest. These fungi are poisonous, don't mess with them.
In the past they were broken up and steeped in milk, to kill flies, hence the name. I don't know many who would try it today.
There's excellent information about this and other fungi on Roger Phillips site - Rogers Mushroooms -
where there's also a very useful identification key.
Some people might say that these are not proper "autumn fruits", but it's worth remembering that these are the part of the organism that bears the seed - the spores, growing upwards from a network of mycelium underground and out of sight..