Strumpshaw Fen Lycogala epidendrum  – April 2023

30 April 2023

During April at Strumpshaw Fen, the daughter & I spotted a number of slime moulds in the reserve woodland including this group of Lycogala epidendrum—Wolf’s Milk—on the morning of 9th April :

Lycogala epidendrum
10.45am – 9th April 2023

There were two groups—one orange and the other orange-pink. You can see the orange-pink group top-left in the photo above.

We poked one of the aethalia blobs to see the orange slime, full of immature spores, ooze out :

Lycogala epidendrum goo
10.45am – 9th April 2023

The photo below shows the orange-pink group better :

Lycogala epidendrum
10.45am – 9th April 2023

24 hours later the orange group has become orange-pink and the orange-pink group a pinkish buff :

Lycogala epidendrum
10.15am – 10th April 2023
Lycogala epidendrum
10.15am – 10th April 2023

They look kind of cute with the orange-pink opening forming in the aethalia :

Lycogala epidendrum
10.15am – 10th April 2023
Lycogala epidendrum
10.15am – 10th April 2023
Lycogala epidendrum
10.15am – 10th April 2023

In the photo below taken another 24 hours later, the aethalia have turned pale mouse-grey and the openings are becoming more distinct :

Lycogala epidendrum
9.45am – 10th April 2023

And later in the evening, the aethalia had turned ash-grey—notice the aethalia that we had poked two days before with coral slime inside :

Lycogala epidendrum
19.30pm – 10th April 2023

Towards the end of April the aethalia had turned olivaceous buff and were open, releasing their spores :

Lycogala epidendrum
22nd April 2023

I have use colour descriptions from the Danish Mycological Society (opens in a new tab as a PDF).