My entry for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge – Fungi.
A few months ago Rebel Mom said something stunk on the one side of our house. We thought maybe something must have died, something did, only it was a tree stump.
Right beside it was what looked like animal legs with hooves coming out of the ground and these egg like blobs. The smell coming off it was bad…like rotted animal. The flies loved it, as you can see:
After doing a quick search I found out what it was. A Stinkhorn, which is in the the same family as puffballs and earthstars. They start out as the white egg shapes that you see in the pictures, usually around damp or rotting materials, which would be the old tree stump. The majority of this fungi will still be under the ground. I wasn’t about to start digging! If there is water around, the egg will turn into the stinkhorn mushroom.