Leucoagaricus americanus
This wood-decomposing fungus is often found in Illinois around stumps and wood mulch in warmer months, usually during mid to late summer. It can be found in both rural and urban areas, sometimes appearing along Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago. One distinctive trait is the flesh which bruises burgandy or brick red after handling. Until recently, this species was called Lepiota americana, a scientific name that became obsolete when DNA analysis revealed it isn’t a Lepiota species after all. Yet it sure looks like a Lepiota. And, while not poisonous to touch, know that some species of Lepiota are deadly poisonous if consumed.