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There's a lot of this around my way at the moment - a few weeks of very wet followed by a heat wave has got them moving. They crop up usually on alder or pines near water. I've never spotted a plasmodium but the fruiting bodies crop up about a meter off the ground on tree bark. They start off as a rubbery white blob and darken as the spores mature inside.
They're only mobile phone pics - it was five am I'm not lucid enough to work a camera.
I'm taking spores to see if I can get these growing in culture
Spores aren't the end but they're the end of that individual - raising from spore is slow - it takes months to get a mature plasmodium. I've got around 40 different strains reared from spores