The Hatchling by May Lattanzio

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I should write a horror story about this “thing” hatching from a round, white “egg” about the size of a golf ball. There’s a colony of them by a huge oak stump next to the house where 5 trees grew together.

This one was the largest, so big, it fell during the process of hatching.

Big stinky “stinkhorn” is full of flies as we speak.

Bayou George, FL
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Author, poet, freelance writer, rescuer of dogs and cats,
animal welfare advocate, hookbill owner, occasional wildlife rehabilitator, chaser of bugs who just loves photography.

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  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsalmost 3 years ago

    Eeek, that’s nasty, I don’t even want to think about the smell! : o ))
    Great capture!

  • Ron Co
    Ron Coalmost 3 years ago

    I give in , is it animal or vegetable? I cannot work out the body (if animal)
    I know, please go out and get more of them showing eyes and teeth :-)
    I am sure this type of creatures are often the source of Sci-fi writers “monsters”

  • olbetsy
    olbetsyalmost 3 years ago

    Now that is strange, glad you shared it….I think.

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioalmost 3 years ago

    This one’s big – You don’t want to handle them. it’s a fungus – The stinkhorn. It starts with a white “bubble” that grows over several days. In the last days it develops faint orange stripes. I’ve never caught one erupting, but I’ll try. Suddenly it is standing there. A fleshy, spongy orange oval dome with open sides – the black stuff is slimy. It gives off an odor of rotting meat and the flies love it.

    Thank goodness the dogs don’t~

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...almost 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your beautiful fungi has been featured and you are invited to enter it into the March features Challenge. Kind regards from Esther

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