Yard Mushroom

This morning in our yard I spied a neat little mushroom about the size of a nickel and took a photo. I looked it up to find it is a small Lycoperdon perlatum (lye-ko-PAIR-don  per-LAY-tum) also called the Common Puffball, the Gem-studded Puffball and the Devil’s Snuff Box. These are the ones we used to stomp flat when they got larger to watch them erupt into a could of smoke. The best thing about it? “Lycoperdon” translates into “wolf fart.” 10-year-old me would have found that extra hilarious. Although, adult me still thinks it pretty funny.

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