BRIGHT YELLOW SLIME molds, which are not harmful to adults or animals, often appear on bark mulch in beds after rainstorms. Photo/Joelle Kraft
VERMONT — Have you ever noticed something bright yellow or orange on your bark mulch after a rain? You may notice that this blob actually has moved across the mulch over the course of a few days. This is a unique organism called a slime mold. Slime molds are no longer classified as fungi, but instead as a member of the Kingdom Protista (Protoctista). Slime molds are not harmful to adults or animals, and you can break them up with a rake if desired. There are hundreds of different slime molds with a range of colors and forms, but the bright yellow one we see after rainy weather is in a group...

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