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Wolf's Milk - Lycogala epidendrum Habitat: Rotting log in a mixed forest<br />
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Wolf's Milk - Lycogala epidendrum

Habitat: Rotting log in a mixed forest

Wolf's Milk - Lycogala epidendrum Habitat: Rotting log in a mixed forest<br />
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Wolf's Milk - Lycogala epidendrum Dripping goo.<br />
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Habitat: Rotting log in a mixed forest<br />
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    comments (6)

  1. What an odd scene of weird life thrown together! Posted 3 months ago
    1. They are totally weird little slimes. The brown ones feel like sugared donuts and usually have a brown, play-doh like substance inside. They are often shaped like butts too, which is weird.
      Butt:

      Wolf's Milk Slime Mold - Lycogala epidendrum This slime mold has an awesome texture!<br />
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Habitat: Rotting wood in a mixed forest Fall,Geotagged,Lycogala epidendrum,United States,Wolf's milk,slime mold

      The pink ones spew slime with just a gentle touch. My kids love popping them when they get really old because the spores puff out in a cloud. Fun times.
      Posted 3 months ago, modified 3 months ago
      1. Have you ever tried to photograph the puff? Posted 3 months ago
        1. I have and I can't figure out how to get the shot. These are the two I've managed so far and they both are super disappointing:
          Wolf's Milk Slime Mold - Lycogala epidendrum Mature, brown aethalia with a powdery mass of lavender spores inside. When pressed, the spores burst out. I tried to get a video, but my cell phone battery chose that moment to die.<br />
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Habitat: Growing on rotting wood in a deciduous, swampy forest.<br />
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          Wolf's Milk Slime Mold - Lycogala epidendrum Mature, brown aethalia with a powdery mass of lavender spores inside. When pressed, the spores burst out. I tried to get a video, but my cell phone battery chose that moment to die.<br />
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Habitat: Growing on rotting wood in a deciduous, swampy forest.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/69848/wolfs_milk_slime_mold_-_lycogala_epidendrum.html<br />
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          Posted 3 months ago
          1. Ugh, you already did so a year ago, sorry forgot about that.

            I think they're not bad, in particular the 2nd one is quite OK. You managed to capture that one in focus, and it got a nice amount of detail. That's hard, so good job!

            I never do this, but theorizing a little, there's 2 challenges:

            - Focus and depth of field. Either use a very large depth of field (high F number) or use a lower aperture and manually pre-focus where you think the action will be.

            - Shutter speed. Your examples show 1/64s which is quite slow. I'm thinking you'll need 1/500s at least, preferable 1/1000s. Your flash won't sync up that fast, so there you go, another problem :)
            Posted 3 months ago
            1. Thanks so much for the suggestions! I am making a note of them in my notebook and hopefully will remember to try them the next time I find some slime.

              I once saw the perfect photo of these with the spores being discharged. I can't remember where I saw it, but the lighting was romantic and the spores were perfectly puffing out and in focus...and, there was no stick or finger in the photo. That's what I want to capture, lol.
              Posted 3 months ago

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''Lycogala epidendrum'', commonly known as wolf's milk or 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.

Similar species: Liceales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Feb 17, 2020. Captured Jun 19, 2019 07:16 in 67 York St, Kennebunk, ME 04043, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm