Mark Bower called to give me with directions to this beautiful sulfur Chicken of the Woods mushroom. These are large, firm and delicious with an almost meaty texture and can be used in chicken recipes such as chicken and dumplings. Barb tells me never to wash the mushrooms as they absorb water. We brush them off carefully, and look in any folds as there are lots of critters that can hide there.
|P. grossa - Stephen Luk|
In harvesting the chicken I found a number of these little beetles crawling out from under the shelves. There are a number of fungivore beetle species and I thought identification would be a problem but I got an answer from Buggide.net rapidly, Phenolia grossa. It is in the superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles) which also contains the common lady beetles (aka ladybugs).
|P. grossa larva - Stephen Luk|
|Sulfur on the right|
|Hot chick find - REK|
And from the other Bower, Linda's video on an eclosing Giant Swallowtail.