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Puffballs and Stinkhorns and Fairy Rings, Oh My!

A walk through the forest at this time of year may lead to the discovery of what appear at first glance to be giant marshmallows. A closer investigation reveals that the spheres are composed of a soft spongy material – rather than a soft sticky material. These objects are puffballs, produced by certain soil-dwelling fungi. There are a number of different species of fungi that form puffballs and they can be found growing on the ground in forests, pastures and lawns.