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Honey Mushrooms (Armillaria mellea)

Honey Mushrooms (Armillaria mellea)
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-02
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-04 7:13
Viewed: 5165
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Armillaria mellea. A big thanks to László(Hormon_Manyer) for confirmation on this honey mushroom species. They were found growing out of a conifer stump covered in moss. The stems all seemed to be derived from the same point/source. Deer love these I know - because when I returned the next day these mushrooms had all been eaten with ungulate footprints all around.

from wiki:

armillaria mellea is a plant pathogen and a species of Honey fungus. It causes Armillaria root rot in many plant species. The mushrooms are edible but some people may be intolerant to them.[1] The fungus produces mushrooms around the base of trees it has infected. As the fungus causes root rot, symptoms also appear in the crowns of infected trees as death and dieback of the branches.[2] This species is capable of producing light via bioluminiscence.[3]

Armillaria mellea grows throughout North America and other parts of the world.[4] The fruiting body or mushroom known as stump mushroom, stumpie, honey mushroom, pipinky or pinky grows typically on hardwoods but may be found around and on other living and dead wood or in open areas.[5]

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Basidiomycetes
Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
Order: Agaricales
Family: Physalacriaceae
Genus: Armillaria
Species: A. mellea


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-04 7:28]

Excellent image of this lovely mushrooms, perfect lighting and viewpoint, I liked the aspect ratio too. tfs.

Hi Derek,

First of all, fantastic photo. My deepest congratulations for the excellent flashlight management and for the perfect exposure, not to mention colors, sharpness, noiseless background and the pleasing composition. A second to none image without doubt. Bravo, bravo!!!

About the ID: not a big mistake, but your photo can't show Armillaria solidipes Peck, it has different, much more scaly cap surface and dark brown cap color. What you photographed is the classical Honey Mushroom, Armillaria mellea (Vahl) P. Kumm. - it's true this species is mostly growing on deciduous wood, but was detected on conifers sometimes also. All the colors, stem and cap surface refer to this species, too.

Best regards, László

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-04 7:36]

Hello Derek,
Very beautiful photo in splendid light and great sharpness. The flashlight is gorgeous here. Taken from the best possible low POV. Beautiful contrasting BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-04 8:14]

Woow Derek,what a perfection! The choice is point of view is perfect to create this beautiful perspective,i like a lot the perfect light balance,the colors and the total focus on the fungi family!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hello Derek
very nice composition withbeautiful colours and great sharpness
thanks greeting lou

Beautiful photo Derek! Interesting subject, very good POV, excellent composition, wonderful colours and Impressive sharpness.

Hi Derek,
I'm going for fungi tomorrow. But in my area unfortunatelly I think there are no fungi. We will see :)
Great point of view. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Derek,
Outstanding composition with lovely colors, excellent clarity and very good details.
It is a lovely species of mushrooms.
Very good exposure and perfect focus as usual.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-04 11:01]

Hello Derek.
Excellent shot of this honey mushroom . I think the color and detail are beautiful. Perfect lighting allows the texture to really stand out here.Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-04 12:50]

Hi Derek,
Perfect shot of this nice fungus.Nice colours with excellent detail.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Derek, splendid light on lovely lmushrooms, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Very nicely done!I love the composition and the context in the mossy soil very much. The DOF is perfect and I also like the low point of view which really puts in "their world".

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-04 22:01]

Bonjour Derek,
Belle image de cet ensemble de champignons.
Excellente netteté

A very beautiful arrangement of fungi, photographed from a good point of view. Excellent detail and light. regards yiannis

Hi Derek, Wow what a stupendous macro image of this fine species of Mushroom my friend, this image has so much impact, what with the brilliant low POV to the awesome exposure/white balance and rich colour saturation, excellent detailed sharpness, what a delightful picture Derek and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-05 4:57]

Hello Derek,
A lovely sight, this mushroom family. They seem to have an artistic sens, perfectly displaying the different members..
Well chosen low point of view and a fine natural mossy surrounding. Nice use of the flash.
Thanks and kind regards

Very nice composition, well lit


Bonjour Derek,
Excellente valorisation des sujets sous un bon angle de prise de vue et une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Derek,

An very nice image from the Honey mushroom an common sp.
Goo low pov andd detailed image taken with flash.
i never flash fungi but use an tripod.
Fine colors.


Interesante encuadre centrado con buenos colores. La luz se escapa un poco en algunas zonas.
Didáctico trabajo.

Saludos Derek: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Derek,
Wonderful posting of these honey mushrooms. The lighting, DOF and focus are splendid. I love that POV, I don't know how low you had to get but it looks great. Well done on another great Macro lens shot.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-10 7:18]

Hi Derek!
What a wonderful composition! I especially like the light: fantastic! POV superb, with 3D effect. Great details.
ciao! Vanda

Beautiful shot of this shroon configuration. The exposure is absolutely fantastic. I have a shot that is pretty similiar to this one. Mushrooms make really nice subjects. Well done Derek! :)

Hello Derek,whilst honey mushrooms are never the easiest of subjects to photograph mainly because of their location you have manage to get the light just right for this nicely composed shot.Well done.

Derek, this is an excellent capture of these mushroom. It has great sharpness and blurred background. Great work. I was about 15 feet away from my shot of the cardinal and sparrow. Bill

A fine portrait of these attractive mushrooms! Nice and sharp, excellent detail, exposure is just right and the dark background really gives frames the mushrooms nicely and lends a dramatic look to the photo.

I know a bit about North American mushrooms, and while these are certainly Armillarias, I suspect that they are a species other than A. mellea, just doesn't look right to me for that species, wrong color and the stalk doesn't look right either. Armillaria mellea is an abundant species where I live, and these really don't look like the A. mellea that grows here.

Mycologist Tom Volk at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse has done extensive work on our North American Armillarias, and you can see his key at http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/armkey.html#nona

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-15 0:43]

Hi Derek
such a lovely colony in pyramidal style. excellent use of light and splendid sharpness.
The fungi look so moist ant attractive.
well composed presentation.


Dear Derek,
Excellent shot here.. Love the composition and the nice colors.. Superb image quality too.. A lovely presentation.. And thanks for your informative note..
Best wishes from India.. Cheers,

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