The second picture shows the under side and what appear to be eggs.
The 2011 fungus walk lead by Bob Taylor turned up an interesting find:-
The first picture shows the 'egg'. This is what the fungus looks like when it first appears above the ground. Bob has cut this sample in half so that we can see the jelly like internal structure. The egg is soft and rubber like but after a while the form in the second picture breaks out. This is the fruit body and smells of rotten meat. The smell comes from the top part that exudes the foul smelling slime. The slime attracts flying insects that spread the spores.
|St Ives is a great place for fungi in late summer and autumn but keep clear of this one - it is Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria) and toxic.|
|Many insects including this small Copper Butterfly (Lycaena phlaes) can be found whilst walking through the grounds of St Ives.|
|Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis). A very strange looking insect. The male has a scorpion like, upturned abdomen, is a weak flier and holds wings flat at rest. Its head has a long downward projection used in feeding. It scavenges on dead animals, including contents of spiders webs, and ripe fruit. Seen May-July in hedgerows and among brambles.|
|The Black and red Froghopper (Cercopis Vulnerata) has a distinctive black body with red markings that act as a distasteful warning. Found on low vegetation but jumps to escape danger. Seen from May to August. in hedgerows, meadows, and woodland. Length 9 mm.|
|The Large Skipper Butterfly (Ochlodes venatus). This is a small brown butterfly with orange-brown markings on the topside of the wings. When at rest its fore-wings are held above its hind-wings so is easily mistaken for a moth.|
|Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) Predatory insects, both in the larval and adult stages. Damselflies rest with both pairs of wings almost parallel, but they are strong fliers. Adult males are predominantly blue, spotted with black markings resembling stripes. Adult females are much darker with larger areas of black and usually a green background colour, although there is a blue form, again with larger areas of black.|
|Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) This cute rodent can have 2--4 litters per year and live up to 20 years. The young are independent after only 16 weeks.|
|Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) in full song.|
|Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) The hovering Kestrel is a common sight in St Ives. The Kestrel is the only small British bird of prey which has a hovering habit. This is a British falcon denoted by its long pointed wings, and no other British falcon has a tail as long.|