Literal Mushroom Names!!


This fall has been really good for mushrooms here in the Northwest. Along with my usual haul of chanterelles and boletes, I also found a new spot to look for oysters, and got some shaggy manes as well. Still no luck in finding chicken of the woods that’s either young enough to eat, or not just a remnant of what someone else already picked and took away. But I will prevail!

Anyway, I was inspired to create this comic while listening to a talk on fungi identification by Quinn Colling at the Oregon Master Naturalist convention back in October. I thought it would be fun to play on the common names of some of my favorite fungi, and I hope you enjoy the visual puns!

Species portrayed: chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sp.), hedgehog mushroom (Hydnum repandum), shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus), black trumpet (Craterellus cornucopioides), fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), king bolete (Boletus edulis)

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