Brown-Eyed Sunshine (Vulpicida canadensis)
This striking yellow fungus seen here in Eastern Washington near the Idaho border is a type of lichenized fungus found growing on trees. The bright yellow color comes from pinastric and vulpinic acids - two substances only found in lichens that are believed to repel the insects and other wildlife that might eat it. According to Swedish peasant folklore, this lichen will kill foxes, but is completely safe for wolves and dogs.
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- Contained in galleries
- Shrub Lichens