Scarlet Caterpillarclub

Cordyceps militaris

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Scarlet Caterpillarclub Cordyceps militaris (L.) Link. (illustrated 50% life size) Fruit body 2–5cm high, bright orange-red, fertile head slightly swollen, finely roughened, tapering into a wavy, paler stem. Spores breaking up into 3.5–6Γ—1–1.5ΒΌ, barrel-shaped part-spores. Asci very long, 4ΒΌ wide. Habitat on dead larvae and pupae of butterflies and moths buried in the soil, the mycelium of the fungus replacing the insides of the insect. Occasional. Not edible.

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