Cordyceps militaris Clavicipitaceae Scarlet Caterpillar Fungus

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Cordyceps militaris, Scarlet Caterpillar Fungus, is probably commoner than one realizes, as it is quite small, and thus easily overlooked. All one sees is a bright orange finger- like projection, about 2cm high, amongst surrounding vegetation. If it is carefully excavated it will be found to be attached to a pupa buried in the ground. Once attacked by this fungus the pupa is, of course, done for, and the moth or butterfly will never emerge. Usually found in gardens, on banks etc.

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