There’s a beautiful domed fungus on this lump of poo on Dartmoor. Naturally I have to pick it up and have a good look at it. It’s an Egghead Mottlegill, Panaeolus semiovatus.
Panaeolus means variegated, because of the mottled gills underneath the cap. Semiovatus means half an egg. It’s Half-an-egg-head Mottlegill.
Here it is from James Sowerby’s classic Coloured Figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms from 1797.
Time for a sandwich now, just as soon as I’ve wiped my hands.