There are over 15,000 species of mushroom in the UK. One of the most recognised is the Red and White Toadstool that features in all sorts of myths and legends, as well as a few films! The fungus in question is a species which you can readily find in the wilds of Britain – the Fly Agaric!
The Fly Agaric mushroom can be instantly identified due to it’s deep red colouration with a scattering of bright white scales across it’s cap. The name Fly Agaric comes from a traditional use for the mushroom. When ground up and placed in a jar, the smell it creates can attract flies. You are effectively looking at one of the first ever Fly Strips! The bright colours of this mushroom are a warning to any animals or people wanting a tasty treat, for this mushroom is poisonous and should not be eaten. It belongs to the Amanita family which contains a number of poisonous toadstools, including the close relative the Destroying Angel!
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