Common dung beetle (Coprinopsis cinerea) photo and description

Common dungweed (Coprinopsis cinerea)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Psathyrellaceae (Psatirellaceae)
  • Genus: Coprinopsis (Koprinopsis)
  • Species: Coprinopsis cinerea (Common dung)
    Other names for the mushroom:
  • Dunghill gray


  • Coprinus cinereus

  • Dunghill gray

Common manure (Coprinus cinereus)Description:

The hat is 1-3 cm in diameter, at first elliptical, with a white felt bloom, then bell-shaped, radially ribbed, cracked into individual fibers, with an uneven edge, with remnants of a felt blanket, gray, gray-gray, with a brownish top. In mature mushrooms, the edge bends, turns black and the cap begins to self-degrade.

The plates are frequent, free, white, gray and then black.

Spore powder, black.

The leg is 5-10 cm long and 0.3-0.5 cm in diameter, cylindrical, thickened at the base, fibrous, brittle, hollow inside, whitish, with a tapered process.

The pulp is thin, fragile, white, then gray, without a special smell.


Common dung beetle lives from the last decade of May to mid-September on rich fertilized soil after rains, in fields, vegetable gardens, in gardens, on garbage heaps, in open woodlands and along forest roads, in grass and on litter, singly (in the forest) and small in groups, not often, annually.


Common dung beetle is considered an edible fungus at a young age (with white blades). It grows and ages very quickly, so it is necessary to cook immediately after harvest, literally without wasting a minute.