Fungi identification UPDATE

Having struggled to work out what the two types of large brown toadstool growing in the churchyard were (see November sunshine posting), I went back to check the colour of the gills underneath.  The taller one had white gills which makes it likely to be the Butter Cap Rhodocollybia butyracea, but the other had pale brown gills which, combined with the slippery feel and the flat cap makes it one of the Milk Caps. From the colour and size, and the short stalk it is must surely be the Ugly Milk Cap Lactarius turpis which is quite a common species.  IMG_3737_1 IMG_3731_1 IMG_3709 IMG_3706aThe first two photos were taken with flash and show the true colour of the Ugly Milk Cap much more clearly than in the original photo below them that was taken in poor light. The middle one of the three in a group is the one I removed to photograph again using flash.  The fourth photo is the Butter Cap again, with the white gills clearly showing through where the slugs have had a nibble (click to enlarge)!


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