Cyathus stercoreus

Cyathus is a genus of Fungi in the family Nidulariaceae, a family collectively known as the bird’s nest fungi. They resemble tiny bird’s nests filled with “eggs”. The eggs are reproductive structures containing spores. The peridioles(eggs) are dispersed by rain drops hitting the body of the mushroom.

The specific species I photographed here happens to live on dung. Dung is it’s happy place. Which reminds me of an old Latin phrase: “Semper in excretia sumus solim profundum variat.” Which means, “We are always in the shit, only the depth varies.”

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