Ruth has written today’s entry:
How do you locate Michael Kuo of MushroomExpert.com? When walking through the woods, listen for a rendition of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”, fungus style:
Commonly known as the puffball, Lycoperdon perlatum is found in many places in the northern hemisphere, including (but by no means limited to) the Netherlands (where today’s photograph was taken), Poland, and California.
If seen with a white, spiny surface, it is immature as the spines turn brown and rub off easily at maturity. The fallen spines leave dimples on the surface, and the dimples eventually cause perforations. These perforations allow water and wind to distribute the spores. Lycoperdon perlatum can be found along the ground, alone or in clusters, and occasionally on well -decayed wood. Puffballs, like many fungi, are nourished by decaying organic matter.