Whitesburg KY

Beautiful … but poisonous

This eastern jack-o’-lantern mushroom (officially known as Omphalotus illudens) appears to be demanding its place on a sign identifying flora at Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap. Photographer L.M. “Mike” Caudill said he photographs jack-o’-lanterns annually at the lake — usually in late July or August, but found this one during the first week of September. Though beautiful, the mushrooms are […]

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