Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 08/19/2013


Photo taken on August 17, 2013


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Wolf's Milk Slime
Lycogala epidendrum
pink
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Wolf's Milk slime / Lycogala epidendrum

Wolf's Milk slime / Lycogala epidendrum
This is a supermacro of this interesting slime mold! The small, pink, textured "balls" can be somewhere around a quarter of an inch across, though some are a bit larger and some smaller. Found a scattering of these on a log yesterday, 17 August 2013, at Brown-Lowery Provincial Park. It rained when I was driving to the park, cleared up by the time I got there, but the light was not good within the forest. Luckily, a bit of sun was shining on these two. Also saw a pair of Ruffed Grouse and a group of three rare Three-toed Woodpeckers, which was so lucky!

"Lycogala epidendrum, commonly known as wolf's milk, groening's slime is a cosmopolitan species of plasmodial slime mould which is often mistaken for a fungus. The aethalia, or fruiting bodies, occur either scattered or in groups on damp rotten wood, especially on large logs, from June to November. These aethalia are small, pink to brown cushion-like globs. They may excrete a pink paste if the outer wall is broken before maturity. When mature, the colour tends to become more brownish. When not fruiting, single celled individuals move about as very small, red amoeba-like organisms called plasmodia, masses of protoplasm that engulf bacteria, fungal and plant spores, protozoa, and particles of non-living organic matter through phagocytosis." From Wikipedia.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycogala_epidendrum

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LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Haha ... a tiny beige snowman ... LOL ... excellent lighting, details and clarity ... terrific textures on this little fella ...
4 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Such an interesting close shot of it! It does have a rather unusual name, if I dare say so!
4 years ago.
Ken Dies
Ken Dies
Nice clear photo of this slime, Anne. As you say it is very common but overlooked due to its size, Fran thinks all scientific names are unusual.( see above) Just kidding Fran!!!!!
4 years ago.
Anne Elliott has replied to Ken Dies
Lol, Ken, I believe Fran and I are the same as far as scientific names go!
4 years ago.
j.towbin ©
j.towbin ©
Wow! That's is pretty unusual looking slime.
4 years ago.