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    Default Help me ID this plant/fungus/nest in my backyard

    This bizarre thing has appeared in my backyard and I need to know what it is, and if its harmful / poisonous to my dogs.

    It appeared a few days ago at the base of a giant tree. Its the size of a soccer ball, and is yellowish-brown in color, almost latte colored. It looks to be made of an almost papery material and there are lots of tiny black bugs crawling in it.

    I'm afraid to kick or touch it to investigate further, in case there are wasps / bees / critters in there.

    Any guesses? I can take better pics later if needed.

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    Did a search and came up with 'sponge fungus' as the closest thing that looks like it. Looks a lot like it, actually. Apparently some types are edible!

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    I rooted through a few fungus indexes and came up with this. Not sure if it's the same thing.

    AIE - Tree Fungi - Sparassis crispa
    Last edited by Icepik; August 9th, 2009 at 06:10 PM.

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    Cool! Fungi make some of the most amazing shapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icepik View Post
    I rooted through a few fungus indexes and came up with this. Not sure if it's the same thing.
    AIE - Tree Fungi - Sparassis crispa
    Quote Originally Posted by LucreziaBorgia View Post
    Did a search and came up with 'sponge fungus' as the closest thing that looks like it. Looks a lot like it, actually. Apparently some types are edible!
    You guys are brilliant- thanks for the help! I think that is EXACTLY what it is. They look exactly like the other photos:
    Sparassis spathulata and Sparassis crispa (MushroomExpert.Com)
    Rogers Mushrooms - Sparassis crispa Mushroom

    And that's hilarious that its edible! Its tempting my vegetarian brain- I'm always looking for new veggies to eat. But I don't know if I'm that brave. ONe of the sites says not to eat any wild mushrooms / fungi unless its been ID'd by a professional.

    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Cool! Fungi make some of the most amazing shapes.
    They really do. It actually is quite pretty, in an odd way. Almost like a piece of modern art or sculpture.

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    Glad I could help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali View Post
    And that's hilarious that its edible! Its tempting my vegetarian brain- I'm always looking for new veggies to eat. But I don't know if I'm that brave. ONe of the sites says not to eat any wild mushrooms / fungi unless its been ID'd by a professional.
    that's probably the reason why there are bugs on it.

    eta: yup - never pick/eat mushrooms without a professional present.

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    We have something here I'd love to be able to identify. I remember looking out the window the first time I saw them and wondering why someone had tossed pancakes all over the lawn. I couldn't remember anyone even making pancakes. Once I picked one up, I realized it was some sort of mushroom.

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