|One week ago, newly emerged, looking very statuesque|
|At least a dozen magpie inkcaps in a small area next to the car park|
|A magpie inkcap egg|
The veil remains in patches on the cap, giving the fungi it's distinctive appearance and the 'magpie' name. The thick white stipe grows and the cap continues to open and extend into a dome shape.
|Dome shaped newly emerged magpie inkcap|
Within about a day, the cap will have opened out further and turned up at the edges so that it resembles a bell. The white remnants of the veil often remain on the cap, but may also be washed off or worn away.
|When the cap turns to a bell shape it's past its best and will start to disintegrate|
At this point the edges of the cap turn black and start to deliquesce (disintegrate by turning to liquid and quite literally dripping away). This process gives this family of fungi the name inkcap.
|Starting to drip|
|One week on, this is all that's left of the beautiful inkcap in the |
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