Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Caterpillarclub Fungus Host Bodies

Prompted by an email exchange after last sunday's rain soaked foray up in the Black Mountain, I thought I'd share this photo of a scarlet caterpillarclub fungus Cordiceps militaris. You can see how it's growing out of the body of an unfortunate caterpillar.
Worth keeping a lookout for these fascinating fungi at this time of year - this one was found in a flower bed at the Botanic Garden in 2011 but usually found on grassland.  You need to have a knife to hand to dig out the poor critter a few inches down in the soil.

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