Sunday, August 29, 2010

Basket for what?

I am always amazed at the huge variety of interesting shapes, textures and colours that nature produces. It certainly isn't a case of 'one size fits all'. I found this basket fungus in Kauri Glen reserve. This specimen is more or less intact, unlike others I found that were damaged. The fungus attracts flies by its smell and texture as part of its future species 'support system'. The flies spread the sticky spores to other locations.