Fluted Bird’s Nest fungi look like the nests of teeny tiny birds, but these ‘eggs’ are really spore cases called periodoles. The ‘nests’ are actually splash cups called a sporocarps.
The scientific name for these tiny, wondrous fungi is Cyathus striatus.
The immature nests are a lighter color and have a thin skin on top, so that the ‘eggs’ will not get launched out by a raindrop before they are ready.
The mature nests are darker brown with gray ‘eggs’ ready for takeoff during the next rain.
This last shot shows a mix of mature and immature nests. Nature is beautiful and magical.
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