Amanita muscaria aka Fly Agaric or Fly Amanita
introduced pest species
Stirling – June, 2011 – roadside verge of mixed vegetation near Aptos Cruz Gallery
Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz
This distinctive, common fungus is an introduced species and is considered a pest. It is the epitome of the fantasy toadstool and is often seen in illustration and so forth. It is poisonous, although when carefully prepared, some people in other countries use them in food dishes. All the specimens here were growing on a roadside verge in close proximity to each other and no other Amanita species were present. The earliest form is a little uncharacteristic.