May, June, and July are the months to hunt for chanterelles. The common black chanterelle (Craterellus cornucopioides) usually appears before the yellow and red chanterelles. In central Arkansas, it can be found in May. Woods containing black-jack oaks (Quercus marilandica) are a good place to look for this chanterelle. In June and July, the two yellow chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius and C. lateritius) and our common red chanterelle, (Cantharellus cinnabarinus) can be found growing in woods that contain oak trees.
Some other mushrooms found during the summer months include many different species in the genus Amanita, such as the lovely but deadly poisonous destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera) and the beautiful and showy “American Caesar’s" Mushroom (A. jacksonii). Also present are members of the group called boletes, some of which are edible while others cause gastrointestinal upsets, species in the sister genera Lactarius (which exude a substance reminiscent of milk) and Russula, waxy caps (highly colored members of the genus Hygrocybe), and the summer oyster mushroom (Pleurotus pulmonarius).
Common Black Chanterelle (Craterellus cornucopioides)
Common Red Chanterelle (Cantharellus cinnabarinus)