Asked April 02, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT
Hi. About a month ago I discovered Diachea leucopodia in my back yard. I had never even heard of slime mold before. but immediately got very interested.
Since then I've found Arcyria insignis, Dacrymyces stillatus, Diachea leucopodia, Henningsomyces candidus, Laetiporus sulphureus, Stemonitis fusca, and a bunch of others I don't know the name of -- all in my own yard!
I want to learn a lot, but I'll start with two questions; first -- are these seasonal. I notice one log that when it rains there's a lot of yellow jelly fungus on it and after a dry day or two it disappears. But like the Diachea leucopodia is disappearing now. Will it come back?
And second, that Diachea leucopodia is growing and is equally happy on wood, leaves, metal (painted), and plastic! How does it get nutrients out of plastic/!
I'm in Berkeley, California.
Alameda County California