It is a fine example of a fly agaric
(amanita muscaria) and Chris, of Longwood, said: "Fly agaric
is probably the subject of more folklore than any other fungi.'' The poisonous red-and-white spotted toadstool is a common image in popular culture, especially children's books, film, greeting cards and computer games.
('Toadstool', by the way, is nothing to do with toads sitting down, but is derived from the German for 'seat of death', a reminder that some of them are deadly poisonous.) Amongst the poisonous species giving the group its name, one of the most prominent, widespread and attractive is the fly agaric. This is the large toadstool with a red domed cap flecked with white.
Fly agaric is so called because it has for centuries been used as an insecticide.
Fly agaric The fungus is chopped into small pieces which are floated in a dish of milk.
Yogi, my terrier, and I spent last Sunday morning wandering through some beautiful woods hunting for mushrooms and I was rewarded by a nice haul of porcinis which I only spotted thanks to the numerous Fly Agaric