Exploding Stars by Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

Out hiking ‘my’ farm this past year…got my first ‘new to Kansas’ for the year (I only got 3) and new species find for ME . This is a type of fungi that grows on cow pucky or/and mulch. They look like TINY stars…about the size of the tip of a pencil eraser. When rain hits them…they POP. Literally. WITH sound. The little balls are full of their spore…so when the rain comes…it helps distribute them just like Puffball fungi.
Sphaerobolus stellatus aka Cannon Fungi or Artillary Fungi
NE Kansas, 2011
Macro mode on my Olympus IR 500 (this is a flip-open camera…no lenses)


  • steppeland
    steppelandover 3 years ago

    Wonderful find and capture, Carla! Cute little stars, these :D

  • thanx my friend! I was so excited when I found these…and ALMOST didn’t GET to find them because of locationi.

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 3 years ago

    Fabulous find Carla, I’m yet to see these! :O)

  • Definately a …er… unique? location. I know of several species that loves fresh cow pucky but these were a first for me. Wish I could have heard them pop

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Ron Co
    Ron Coover 3 years ago

    they look as they are so delicate and temporal , not so keen on their environment though :-)

  • lol……………………………………if ONLY you knew what was HIDING them on this hunk of pucky. The trip would have been a tad more entertaining I’m sure for some. :o)

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    How fascinating Carla … great shot with both open and closed specimens !

  • I only wish I knew the treasure I had found WHEN I found these. I wasn’t able to return in time to hear them explode and we never got another rainfall til only a few days ago. (Almost 3 months of no true rainfall!)

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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

    Congratulations! A fantastic image and beautiful fungi.
    You might like to consider entering this image into the November features challenge
    Kind regards from Esther

  • oooOOoooo thanx Esther! will go check them out…I keep forgetting to do that..lol

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsover 3 years ago

    Amazing!! A wonderful capture, and thanks for the info ; – )

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