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Amanita muscaria

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 9 December 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Amanita muscaria (NL: Vliegenzwam / EN: Fly agaric, Fly amanita / DE: Fliegenpilz / FR: Amanite tue-mouches, Fausse oronge) - is a cosmopolitan, poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus in the Amanitaceae family. Because this is perhaps the best known mushroomspecies in the entire world, I will not provide a description today.

But have you ever wondered why there is a reference to flies in the common names of this species ? Even the specific epithet in the scientific name derives from the Latin word "musca" meaning "fly". Albertus Magnus wrote in his work "De vegetabilibus" sometime before 1256: vocatur fungus muscarum, eo quod in lacte pulverizatus interficit muscas ("It is called the mushroom of flies, because crushed in milk it kills flies"). This practice has been recorded from Germanic- and Slavic-speaking parts of Europe, as well as the Vosges region and pockets elsewhere in France, and Romania.

Today the red-and-white spotted toadstool is a common image in many aspects of popular culture, especially in children's books, film, garden ornaments, greeting cards, and more recently computer games. Garden ornaments, and children's picture books depicting gnomes and fairies, such as the Smurfs, very often show fly agarics used as seats, or homes. Two of the most famous uses of the mushroom are in the video game series Super Mario Bros., and the dancing mushroom sequence in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia.

But there is no greater delight than finding this species in real nature and I just can't resist to make images of this species at least once every year ...

Image: Wijnegem (BE) - 07/10/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/15 second F/4.0 ISO 200 150 mm

© Johan Dierckx

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Marie-Line from Lille, France

C'est une très belle photo : la lumière, le bokeh, le cadrage... Merci

9 Dec 2012 7:11am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Fabulous, I expect a fairy to appear any moment

9 Dec 2012 7:55am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi, Johan!
Ik wens je een aangename zondag.

9 Dec 2012 8:05am

christine from schoten, Belgium

Prachtige herfstsfeer en leuke informatie!

9 Dec 2012 8:42am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice macro

9 Dec 2012 9:56am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Salut Johan,
Excellente photo, j'aime beaucoup

9 Dec 2012 11:21am

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

very beautiful photo

9 Dec 2012 12:29pm

P-TER from Roeselare, Belgium

Waaaauw
Kleur, licht, atmosfeer, ...
Alles zit goed!
Knap!
Gr.
P-TER

9 Dec 2012 2:00pm

barry from Palm Springs, California, United States

beautiful image

9 Dec 2012 4:37pm

helys from Paris, France

Great capture, focus, textures, colors
Nice mood

9 Dec 2012 7:34pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Incredible photo. I love the small world-feel it has, like it's own world in this frame.

10 Dec 2012 12:57am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Excellent!!!
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so so beautiful focus, colors & lights!!!
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L O V E L Y !

10 Dec 2012 8:52am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Beautiful!

10 Dec 2012 11:04am

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Canon EOS 400D
1/15 second
F/4.0
ISO 200
150 mm

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