Friday, July 30, 2010

The TRUE Field of Chanterelle Joy

This is what it’s like, in the woods right now. Kind of puts last year’s field to shame. But, I got a late start on all this (Sept. '09), so this spring and summer is all new to me.

This is actually very close to last year’s big patch that I was so excited about, but when I found that one, this area had already faded, so I didn’t know.

I know I keep going ON and ON about the dang chanterelles, but it’s just so fun to walk into the woods, and walk out 2-3 hours later with enough of these beautiful, fragrant mushrooms that I can gives bags of them to friends.

Here’s some other fun chanterelle antics:

I’ve found a bunch of these crazy ruffled ones, and so have some friends. I’m working on finding out what’s up with this; some were even more impossibly cauliflowered.

Walnut Sphinx moth
Whoa! I picked this one and this marvelous bonus Walnut Sphinx moth was on it!  It didn’t seem to care one bit that I was holding up the mushroom and moving it around for 5 minutes as I took pictures; it never moved. It was pretty big—see my fingertips.

Amorpha juglandi
Extra double wonder-bonus—they tell me the caterpillar squeaks when disturbed!!!


  1. I found 3 moths while we were in Hickory, NC one morning. Do you know what they are? First one looks like the one you found.

  2. Might help to link in the pictures :)!/photo.php?pid=31326716&id=1457720444&ref=album

  3. I start with my Golden Guide to Moths and Butterflies, then I end up at're an awesome resource.
    I don't think yours is a Walnut Sphinx--they have that wild wing structure, it wasn't just holding its wings funny. I think #3, the stealth-fighter streamlined one, is a Laurel Sphinx. I think that pretty yellow-orange one may be a "Rose Hooktip"--Oreta rosea. That other brown, one, that's like the LBM' idea.