Macro Moments Challenge: Week 13 Eyelash Fungus

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The Eyelash Pixie Cup


Scutellinia scutellata, commonly known as the eyelash cup, the Molly eye-winker, the scarlet elf cap, the eyelash fungus or the eyelash pixie cup, is a small saprophytic fungus of the genus Scutellinia. It is the type species of Scutellinia, as well as being the most common and widespread. The fruiting bodies are small red cups with distinct long, dark hairs or “eyelashes”. These eyelashes are the most distinctive feature and are easily visible with a magnifying glass. The species is common in North America and Europe, and has been recorded on every continent. S. scutellata is found on rotting wood and in other damp habitats, typically growing in small groups, sometimes forming clusters. It is sometimes described as inedible, but its small size means it is not suitable for culinary use. Despite this, it is popular among mushroom hunters due to its unusual “eyelash” hairs, making it memorable and easy to identify.

Camera Sony DSC-W35

  • f stop ƒ/2.8
  • Focal length 6 mm
  • Shutter speed 1/100
  • ISO 100
  • Flash (off, did not fire)

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 13 Eyelash Fungus


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Love it! Sure does look like an eyelash.

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    1. MickETalbot says:

      Thanks Susan. Before I go any further I owe you an apology. Yes, I was on one of Cee’s challenges when I checked my notifications, and as I had not committed myself to it and there being quite a long list I decided to clear a few. It was not until I clicked send and went to the next that I realised what I had done. I panicked, then a notification flash up screaming spam at me. Well I then realised that you had rightly hit the spam button, thank you, for as embarrassed as I already was I certainly would of been even more so had you not taken that action. I am sincerely sorry, and most grateful. red faced I am.


      1. I did not hit the spam button (actually never have), only corrected you on referring to me as Cee. Don’t know what that’s all about.

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