Observed growing on an old long, along the south corner of the ridge.
Chicken of the woods
Large irregular shelf type fungus growing on mature oak. Each fungus was about 10 inches across.
I tried to tear off a piece to study, but it was very soft and moist. When I put pressure on it, it turned liquid under my finger print and many small bugs ran out.
The photo with the large (3/4 inch) beetle shows the spore surface on the underside.
Laetiporus sulphureus is a species of bracket fungus (fungus that grows on trees) found in Europe and North America. Its common names are sulphur polypore, sulphur shelf, and chicken of the woods. Its fruit bodies grow as striking golden-yellow shelf-like structures on tree trunks and branches. Like other bracket fungi, they may last many years and fade to pale grey or brown. The undersurface of the fruit body is made up of tubelike pores rather than...