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29-Sep-2022 Christine Hanrahan

Wolf's milk slime mold (Lycogala epidendrum)

Lavigne Park

For the "Colourful October" challenge.

The Slime Molds were once considered to be part of the Fungi Kingdom, but no longer. The very fact that they can move around separates them from Fungi. In the case of these slime molds, they will move together (by means of chemical signals) to form a mass as above. If you poke these when young, they will produce a pink paste. As they age they turn a bronze colour. Slime molds are unique, often interestingly shaped and frequently in lovely colours.

To see others finding colour this month:

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Jola Dziubinska12-Oct-2022 00:11
Great find, excellent focus and light. V.
Don Mottershead11-Oct-2022 01:21
Looks like they'd be good to eat, but "slime mold" doesn't sound too appealing. :o(
Doug Cruden10-Oct-2022 18:32
LOL, I thought they were eggs from the thumbnail!
Mieke WA Minkjan07-Oct-2022 11:45
amazing photo of the mold V
Dennis Hoyne05-Oct-2022 23:49
Nature is most interesting, this aspect seems so unique. Beautifully photographed.
Kuriacose Joseph05-Oct-2022 19:44
Colorful indeed! Very nice capture.
Fabienne05-Oct-2022 19:20
La nature est surprenante et vous savez nous présenter des sujets étonnant.
laine05-Oct-2022 18:26
A case of nature both quirky and beautiful at the same time...great information Christine. V
Apostolos Tikopoulos05-Oct-2022 17:40
Excellent capture and interesting info. V
Janet Forjan-Freedman05-Oct-2022 17:39
Interesting capture! Thanks for the explanation too.
Liz Bickel05-Oct-2022 16:51
Very interesting information and very detailed great photo. I would have never imagined mold looked like this or that it could move itself - not just grow in quantity.
Walter Otto Koenig05-Oct-2022 16:21
Amazing find with the shapes, colros and surface. "V"
bill friedlander05-Oct-2022 16:17
They look nice to handle but probably not a good idea. V
pkocinski05-Oct-2022 13:00
Very interesting...
Pierre Martin05-Oct-2022 09:48
beautiful look and color, splendid detailed picture!
Borisalex05-Oct-2022 06:29
Great textures and colors in this excellent close up of the fascinating species! V
Ann Pettigrew05-Oct-2022 04:00
Wow! Such interesting information, Christine! Thanks for that! Great photo! How large are these?
joseantonio05-Oct-2022 03:06
I though they were eggs.V.
globalgadabout05-Oct-2022 02:25
how intriguing...they look like soft eggs, or mutant peaches...who knew they could move too? you included the shadow to show them in relief..
Helen Betts05-Oct-2022 01:51
Excellent capture and fascinating information. I never would have guessed. V.
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