What is this mushroom?

Asked September 25, 2019, 4:52 PM EDT

Found this mushroom growing abundantly on a neighbor's lawn and on the devil strip across the sidewalk from the lawn. Picked one one the devil strip and found small, white maggot-like critters in the gills. The stem is tough. Overall shaped like a Chanterelle. Found 9/25/19 and it has not rained recently. What is it? (Don't worry, we aren't going to eat them on an educated guess.)

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3 Responses

Hi - We think this might be a type of wood decay mushroom called Armillaria (possibly Armillaria tabescens). It would not be unusual to see this type of mushroom in a lawn if there was a tree here in the past.

That said, there are many "look-alikes," and mushroom identification is complex (involving spore prints, etc.). https://extension.psu.edu/identifying-mushrooms

There is no practical or permanent way to eliminate mushrooms. If they are a bother, simply pick and remove them as they appear. You can knock them over with a shovel and put them in the trash. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/mushrooms-lawns


Thank you very much!

I like mushrooms, I think they tell us TONS about what is going on in our gardens, even the world.

You're welcome! Yes, mushrooms, and fungi, in general, are fascinating organisms indeed.