Category: conditionally edible.
Hat (diameter 4-12 cm): grayish or slightly brown, brighter in the center. May be with numerous small dark scales. In young mushrooms, it has the shape of a small chicken egg, which over time becomes like a bell. The edges are uneven, with small cracks.
Leg (height 7-22 cm): white, slightly brownish at the base. Usually curved, hollow.
Plates: loose and frequent, white, with time they turn brown, and then black and blur. Young mushrooms have a ring, but it disappears with age.
Flesh: thin, white, darkens strongly and quickly at the cut or fracture site. Has no pronounced odor.
In medieval Russia, ink dung beetles were used to make ink, which was added to the usual ones to protect important government documents from forgery: after drying, the spores of the fungus form a unique pattern.
Mushroom dung beetle or gray dung grows from mid-May to early October in countries of the Eurasian continent with a temperate climate.
Where to find it: On manured soils, compost or manure heaps, or in humus-rich deciduous forests.
Eating: Only young mushrooms can be boiled, marinated and fried.
Application in traditional medicine (data not confirmed and not clinically tested!): Ink dung is used as a remedy for drunkenness.
Important! Eating dung beetle with alcohol causes poisoning, but remains harmless for non-drinkers.
A photo of a gray dung beetle is proposed to be viewed below:
Other names: gray ink mushroom.