We've put together this basic Waxcap Identification Guide to help folks attending our Waxcap Training Sessions to identify fungi in the field or for those who are just interested in these complex and varied organisms that are often overlooked.

Remember, there is never any substitute for advice from experts in the field and properly identifying fungi requires a lot of practice. Interested in learning how? Join one of our upcoming Waxcap Training Sessions.


Apricot Club (Clavulinopsis luteoalba)

Apricot


Ballerina Waxcap (Hygrocybe calyptriformis)

Ballerina


Beige Coral (Clavulinopsis umbrinella)

Beige


Big Blue Pinkgill (Entoloma bloxamii)

Big


Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica)

Blackening


Butter Waxcap (Hygrocybe ceracea)

Butter


Citrine Waxcap (Hygrocybe citrinovirens)

Citrine


Crimson Waxcap (Hygrocybe punicea)

Crimson


Fairy Club (Clavaria fumosa)

Fairy


Golden Spindles (Clavulinopsis fusiformis)

Golden


Heath Waxcap (Gliophorus laetus)

Heath


Honey Waxcap (Hygrocybe reidii)

Honey


Meadow Waxcap (Hygrocybe pratensis)

Meadow


Mealy Pinkgill (Entoloma prunuloides)

Mealy


Oakbug Milkcap (Lactarius quietus)

Oakbug


Parrot Waxcap (Gliophorus psittacinus)

Parrot


Persistent Waxcap (Hygrocybe persistens)

Persistent


Pink Waxcap (Hygrocybe calyptriformis)

Pink


Plain Earthtongue (Geoglossum umbratile)

Plain


Scarlet Caterpillar Club (Cordyceps militaris)

Scarlet


Scarlet Waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea)

Scarlet Waxcap


Slimy Waxcap (Hygrocybe irrigata)

Slimy


Splendid Waxcap (Hygrocybe splendissima)

Splendid

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Andrew Farmer

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Our partners


  • Cheshire Wildlife Trust
  • Natural England
  • Peak District National Park Authority