Metatrichia floriformis

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserRegistered Users Posts: 3,102 Major grins
edited March 23, 2022 in Holy Macro

Named for its flower-like appearance at maturity, this is the first time I have found this species.

I was doing the usual rounds of looking under pieces of willow bark in my garden when I was surprised to turn over one to see an extensive colony (ca 1.5" x1.5"/37mm x 37mm) on the underside, originally the inside of the bark.

The fruiting bodies were mostly black and shiny, with a few opened to show the orange inner structures bearing spores. As it was nearly time for our pub lunch, I decided to leave the photography until later, rather than rush it. That proved to be a mistake. When I returned to the colony, many more had opened up, such that previously shiny black shells were speckled with yellow/orange spores.

I had two sessions, about two hours apart and by the second one most FBs had opened up. This rapid development really caught me out, most species taking days, even weeks, to mature.

Stereo pairs will be uploaded tomorrow.

Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f13, hand-held.

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at x 2.5 and f11, twin TTL flash hand-held.

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f11, twin flash hand-held.

Harold

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