Natural History Photographs

Phallus impudicus
Nederlands:Grote stinkzwam
Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, the Netherlands; 1 November 2015.
Smilde, the Netherlands; 20 August 2011 & 4 October 2015.

The fruiting body of this mushroom emits a strong smell of putrification. The smell obviously is very attractive to flies, which gorge on the slimy mucus layer which contains the spores. Meanwhile, their feet get covered with spores and once they fly to another location, the spores get dispersed.