Deadly Dinner Plate Mushrooms - Amanita muscaria var. formosa by MotherNature

Deadly Dinner Plate Mushrooms - Amanita muscaria var. formosa by 

This yellow subspecies is related to the bright red Amanitas that people recognize immediately. These were dinner plate sized. They range throughout the USA but are more common in the Northeast. There is literature that says these should be called Amanita muscaria var. guessowii to be absolutely correct, and since I can’t prove it I’ll just include the information.

They are a fall mushroom growing both under hardwoods and conifers from September through October, maybe into November where weather permits. They appear singly or in groups.

This picture was taken in Tylersport, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, on October 8, 2012.

You can check out these web sites for more information.

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  • Photography by Mathilde
    Photography by...over 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture and interesting information – lovely shot , Mother Nature !!

  • Wow! You are FAST:>) Thanks you very much for the nice comment.

    – MotherNature

  • Jeremy Lavender Photography
    Jeremy Lavende...over 2 years ago

    Don’t eat… Don’t touch… But so pretty in photo. Great shot ;-)

  • Thanks for the wonderful comment, and I will reinforce your words for my viewing audience . . . POISONOUS, DO NOT EAT! No one should ever eat a wild mushroom unless they are an expert or have an expert at their side. Many can make you very ill and quite a few can kill you. Enjoy their beauty where they grow; don’t mess with them, and have a ball finding the many, many types in your area!

    – MotherNature

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 2 years ago

    Beautiful colour and detail … I’m careful not to even touch fungi let alone taste it .. a good warning to all :)

  • As the saying goes, “Better safe than sorry”. Thanks for your visit and the comment:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago


  • Hi again, Guendalyn:>). Thank you so much for your generous and lovely comments and favs – they are greatly appreciated!

    – MotherNature

  • MardiGCalero
    MardiGCaleroover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture.. Beautiful .. !

  • You’re so kind to come by and leave this lovely comment – much appreciated:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 2 years ago

    You’ve been featured in the
    Don’t forget to submit your featured image to the October Features challenge!
    Did you by chance read a story about a family who ate some Amanitas just recently from CT….the mother was from another country where she was used to being able to walk outside and pick whatever……..well…the ones she picked in her yard almost killed her and the rest of her family. :o(

  • Hi, Carla!!!! So pleased to see you and thanks so much for the feature! I didn’t hear of this sad story, but it cannot be said enough – DO NOT EAT WILD MUSHROOMS UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERT OR HAVE AN EXPERT AT YOUR SIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT EAT WILD MUSHROOMS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT EAT WILD MUSHROOMS!!!!!!!!!

    – MotherNature

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 2 years ago

    I often get into arguements with people during ‘morel season’…..those who think they’re eating good ones and I inform them they’re injesting embalming chemicals instead…….but OH….their grandmother/grandfather ate them all the time without getting sick! That’s why they died from so many issues such as liver failure, cancers and many other medical issues that were blamed on other factors. EESH!
    I’ve myself eaten 23 wild species now…but those have ALL been UNMISTAKEABLE species. With verifications before I became more expert at what I was looking at…..I still take extreme care before eating anything wild.
    It’s sad….not so many years ago anyone who lived in the country could walk out and know what they were looking at. Since the 50’s that whole world has changed.

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    I have a photo very similar to that one…love it…fav.!
    You do very nice flowers cards also…great work!

  • That’s a lovely, kind comment, Poete100:>) Many thanks for the fave, too!

    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 2 years ago

    this is great fungies! nice color too. amanitas are gorgeous ;)

  • I’m hoping some day to find the gorgeous red ones (either here or somewhere I’m visiting), but for now the yellow ones will do:>) Big hug for this lovely comment and fave!

    – MotherNature

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 2 years ago

    Thank you for the fave, Manon! I truly appreciate it:>)

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