This fungus is a by product of our quest for garlic self-sufficiency. Last October we heavily augmented the soil in our garlic bed with horse manure from one of the local stables, and over the last couple of weeks the enriched ground has produced a fine crop of Common Dung Cups (Peziza vesiculosa). It is a common mushroom of stables and heavily manured gardens. It is a large fungus, as far as cup fungi go, up to 10 cm across. Ours are a dark tan, but the species in general varies from a light buff to brown.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.