I was told this crazy looking organism is called a stink net mushroom. But after looking online, I can't find much of anything, including photos, of a 'stink net' fungus. Hmm? Whatever it is, it's pretty fancy pants. I would not have seen it had I not dropped the cap of our citronella bugbegone spray. I had to crawl ten feet down a very thickly covered little hill. The cap landed right next to this awesome fungus.
I grabbed the macro and took a few shots - not many because I was surrounded by spiderwebs and crouching in tall grass with shorts on (at that point, I had about 70 chigger bites) so, well, you get the point. The mushroom smelled like a dead animal and the net around it was sticky, which I guess can trap insects and stuff. It was a pretty good size also, roughly 8 inches high, 8 inches wide. Very cool.
This was taken at Asa Wright in Trinidad couple weeks ago. Love this fungus, hand down the coolest I've ever seen! Check out Macro Monday for more up close and personal photos.