Fly agaric Amanita muscaria

Bright red with white spots, the fly agaric is the archetypal toadstool.

Fly agaric is so called because its caps were used to attract and poison flies, often broken up into milk or sprinkled with sugar. Do not try and eat it – it can be just as toxic to humans!

Distribution

Found throughout the UK.

Habitat

Woodland, particularly under birch trees.

When to see

Summer and autumn.

Did you know?

As with many fungi, the "toadstool" is actually just the fruiting body of the fungus. As they mature, their rounded red caps grow flatter and their white spots drop off!

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