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The Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria. The fly agaric is poisonous. It is known to cause hallucinations, violent stomach upsets, uncontrollable muscle spasms and could be fatal. It has been used as a fly killer - hence the name. Small pieces of the fungi were added to a saucer of milk. Flies came to feed from the saucer and were killed. Did you know? The name 'Toadstool' might make you think that toadstools got their name from being a piece of amphibian furniture, but in fact 'toad-stuhl' is a German name, which means seat of death!

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A wonderful picture John. It was interesting reading about the Toadstool.
These seem so fairytalish to me. We don't have them here in the desert. Love the colors.
Poisonous - thus the red color - it's a wonderful looking thing!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Oct 2011, 07:16
A fine shot but I don't think I'll be trying any for breakfast John!
John Prior: Thanks Chris, not a psychedelic start to the day then smile
I was listening to radio programme about fungi,just yesterday, and apparently there are only about five species that will definitely kill you. Apparently 'Fly Agaric' isn't one of them but it will certainly pursuade you to skive off work for a few days.
John Prior: Thanks Richard, never tried it, but I've know those who have smile
I haven't seen one yet this year. I love to photograph mushrooms and this is a favorite.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 Oct 2011, 11:20
Why are so many thing that are pretty so dangerous,good info about the toadstools
the pro type of a mushroom to me, must be seen everywhere,but I never saw one myself in real life
This one is looking in it's prime all shiny and bright. Lovely shot John and I heard a story that reindeer like them but not sure if it's true. Might explain Rudolph's red nose. lol
John Prior: And being able to fly smile Thanks Janet.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 20 Oct 2011, 13:11
Its colour is a certain giveaway John.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 20 Oct 2011, 14:29
they magically make you sick smile i've never seen these except in images. love the vivid red.
Great to photograph, terrible to eat!
Good picture. Interesting notes
I'm always envious of people who get pictures of these, I don't think I have actually ever seen.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 21 Oct 2011, 10:03
Wow John - I had never seen this before. Thank you for sharing this picture and the details.
Nice macro for this dangerous beauty. What a red!!
Have a nice day.

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