Mushrooms Were Scarce But A Lot Of Cool Insects
Late August usually means an abundance of mushrooms here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Of, course it depends on the weather and the amount of rainfall. But the longer, and cooler night, most years, produce at least some mushrooms. So, on Saturday, I grabbed my macro lens and visited some woods where I found mushrooms in previous years.
It was a cool, breezy day with brilliant sunshine. There is not the wide variety of flowers found in Spring but the flowers blooming now attract a wide variety of insects. Large patches of spotted knapweed or star thistle were growing along the trail and attracted hundreds of different species of bees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets.
My search of mushrooms was further delayed when I found a large patch of milkweed. This time of year I always enjoy inspecting the milkweed plants I come across to look for the monarch butterfly caterpillar. Well I found quite a few.
I could have spent the entire day watching, and photographing the many insects I was finding along the trail. But I was looking for mushrooms so I continued my walk. Unfortunately, my search for mushrooms was not as productive as my search for insects. I found very few, including this one milky lactarius mushroom.
As I neared my car I was happy to find a few bi-colored bolete mushrooms. Not enough for even a small meal but better than nothing It was not a very successful mushroom hunt but I enjoyed the sunshine, fresh air and the many insects I saw and photographed. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Macro lens hike August 24 2019.