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This mushroom was found in a yard in north Louisiana after a few days of scattered storms humidifying and cooling off the 95+ temperature streak that started a several weeks ago. I live down the street from where I saw this mushroom and from a distance I thought it was a lawn ornament or something. Upon further inspection it was 4 of these large mushrooms.
These are the biggest shrooms I've ever seen! Despite the cap's size, it is fairly light and "membraney," not meaty (like, say, an oyster).
-------------------- The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms said, "...the rule of thumb is to avoid any bolete with orange to red pores, especially any that bruises blue."
Lincoff, (1989). The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (pp. 562). New York: Knopf.