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Humaria hemisphaerica

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Humaria hemisphaerica (Syn: Peziza hemisphaerica) (Kleine bruine bekerzwam (BE) / hairy fairy cup (EN) / Halbkugelige Borstenbecherling (DE) / Pézize hémisphérique (FR)) is a species of fungi in the family Pyronemataceae. Fruiting bodies typically measures 2 to 3 cm in diameter by 1 to 1.5 cm deep. The specific epithet referes to this very typical form: it is derived from the Latin word "hemisphaericum", meaning half a sphere. This mycorrhizal fungus is recognized by its white inner surface and hairy brown outer surface. The species grows solitary, scattered, or in groups on the ground or sometimes on rotten wood in wooded areas making it difficult to find when a lot of fallen autumn-leaves are on the ground.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 03/10/2010

Canon EOS 400D 4 seconds F/14.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Iknow from Chengdu, China

Terrific work and lovely details, love the tone,colors here!cheers

30 Oct 2010 7:54am

@Iknow: Thank you very much for your visit and your nice comment. Have a nice day !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo, Johan ! Was soll ich da noch sagen ? Jeden Tag überrascht du mich - uns - mit neuen und interessanten Pilzen. Natur ist einmalig und wie sie du uns präsentierst ist großartig !

30 Oct 2010 8:40pm

@Loner: I'm just very happy you keep returning to my blog to view my images and still can enjoy them. I'm very glad I can share (through my images) the joy I find in capturing the wonderfull nature around me. Thans for all your encouraging comments, Sonja. Greetz for both of you !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

What an amazing structure! It looks like it could be an insect eye or a glimpse into the ocean of a tiny world.

31 Oct 2010 1:23am

@Julie Brown: In my opinion the smaller a species is, the more perfect is is formed. I think logically this makes sense too - there is less that can go wrong in the "pre-programmed" form.

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

31 Oct 2010 2:07am

@Céline: Thank you very much, Céline.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

It looks like it has been hollowed out, a beautiful shot

31 Oct 2010 10:22am

@Christine: I think the name "hemisphaerica" is very appropriate for this species. Nearly all specimen I found had this almost perfect cup-form. Thanks for commenting again, Christine. Greetz !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Another strange fungus to me! Many nice details in the shot.

31 Oct 2010 10:30am

@Marilla: The fungi world is so diverse. The amount of forms, structures and colors is just so incredible huge. It is almost an entire world on its own ... Glad you like this one.

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Amazing species! as you say, it must be very difficult to see (very small and dark tones)...
Great capture!

31 Oct 2010 10:50am

@Demo: It is indeed very small en when there are a lot of leaves on the ground, it is almost impossible to spot this one. But mostly there are more than just 1 so when you find 1, you'll find definitely more. Glad you like this one. Greetz !

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I think I see the little pot that is at the end of a rainbow.. a small little treasure you have captured here!

31 Oct 2010 11:45pm

@Dutçh: Some fungi are realy amazing, don't you think? Thanks for this literary comment !

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Fantastisch wat een beauty!!
Ik heb deze soort nog nooit in het echt gezien.
Even een vraag; gebruik je vaak een macroflitser en zo ja wat voor een?


1 Nov 2010 7:22pm

@Mascha: Ik bezit nog geen macroflitser, Mascha. Ik heb enkel een "standaard" Canon "Speedlite 580EX II" . Die gebruik ik enkel voor wat occasioneel binnenhuiswerk (familiefeestjes etc.). Ik beheers absoluut geen flitstechniek. Al mijn natuuropnamen zijn dus gemaakt met normaal zon- of daglicht.

Tillymea from Stockholm, Sweden

A capsule in focus, with all the wonderful details, beautiful dark wood tones:)))

11 Nov 2010 9:50am

Canon EOS 400D
4 seconds
ISO 200
150 mm