Friday, November 23, 2012

Fascinating Earth-tongue Fungi

Cordyceps militaris or Scarlet Caterpillarclub id by MWS.
It grows an the body of a dead butterfly or moth larva or pupa, its mycelium replacing the 
insides of the dead insect.

These come in a wide range of colours. Sometimes intermingled as if the mycelia are associated in some way.
 An altenative name for the group is the Fairy Clubs.
And a little mushroom. All these were in the same lawn - a nice, unfertilised, closely-shorn lawn with plenty of moss!  It's at Saville Park, Halifax.

1 comment:

  1. Some interesting extra info about the Scarlet Caterpillarclub from Andy Cockroft on the Calderdale Moths blog.