I am not able to identify the specimen from the picture. Why don’t you call your local Extension Office and ask if there is anyone there who can make the identification if you were to bring in a fresh specimen? Here is the contact information:
Erie County Extension Office
2900 Columbus Ave Ste 131, Sandusky, OH 44870
I have also referred your question for review by other more knowledgeable persons. They will respond if there is anything to add to this.
Thank you for your query.
Hi new mushroom hunters,
To be able to properly identify a mushroom, we would need several more bits of information. One of the critical characteristics for proper mushroom ID is the color of the spores produced by the maturing mushroom. The laughing gym mushroom (Gymnopilus junonius) produces a rusty-brown colored spore which is very obvious when the mushroom is shedding spores. Your images do not strike me as being laughing gyms. They look to me to be ringed honey mushrooms (Armillaria mellea). Ringed honey mushrooms produce a white spore. When identifying wild mushrooms, a spore print is a must! This is the season for both of these mushroom, so you must learn how to separate the two species. My identification of your mushrooms is tenuous and contingent on gathering much more information on your find.
Here are links to additional information on each species and how to make a spore print:
Laughing gym mushroom: https://www.mushroomexpert.com/gymnopilus_junonius.html
Ringed honey mushroom: https://www.mushroomexpert.com/armillaria_mellea.html
How to make a spore print: https://namyco.org/spore_prints.php
I see your message is coming from Sandusky County, Ohio and not Sandusky, Ohio. The Sandusky County Extension Office is found at the following location: 2000 Countryside Drive, Suite D
Fremont, Ohio 43420
Thank you very much for taking the time to respond.
Orion and Beth
You are welcome. Happy mushroom hunting, but be safe. There is an old adage about mushroom hunting..."There are old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters!"