Now THAT’S a mushroom!

This giant puffball was hard to miss among the pine needles and acorns down by the butterfly garden at Lake Wallenpaupack. They generally get to be the size of a soccer ball, but can grow much larger. They appear along grassy meadows or wooded edges in late summer and early fall. This fungi “puffs” up and eventually cracks to release its billions of spores. These fungi are called puffballs because a cloud of brownish, dust-like spores is emitted when the mushroom bursts.

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