For some reason, we've had quite a few inquiries from readers recently which have essentially asked us to identify mushrooms based on descriptions or photographs. Sorry, folks, we just can't do that... no responsible mushroomer should EVER do so without being able to examine the actual mushrooms, in person.
We take identifying very seriously. For one reason, when someone asks us to identify mushrooms they've found, it's usually because they contemplate EATING them! We all know that some wild mushrooms are poisonous and some are deadly so; how could we not take this seriously?
A local friend had these Boletes growing in her yard. But what exact kind were they? Here, we take a spore print (under the upside-down glass) with our mushroom guide at the ready. And since this "discovery" was spur of the moment, we needed an impromptu "basket" to collect them: my cap!