Egghead Mottlegills at Hound Tor

A trip to Hound Tor on Dartmoor reveals a special fruiting sensation of Egghead Mottlegills, Panaeolus semiovatus, or at least that’s what I think they are. I’d probably need to destroy them, take samples and get my microscope out to be sure.

Panaeolus semiovatus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Egghead Mottlegills are probably edible, but I wouldn’t try anything which grows directly on dung. This one is on a rotting pile of Dartmoor pony poo. They probably also contain psychoactive substances, so this is one that’s just for viewing, not for chewing. I’d rather leave them here, just like this, in case anyone else might enjoy seeing them. What do you think?

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