Observation 20971: Cordyceps militaris (L.) Link
When: 2009-05-10
Collection location: St. Genis, France [Click for map]
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found on the ground under mixed woods (mostly small hardwoods). Growing on a butterfly pupa.

This is the first time I’ve seen Cordyceps myself. Nice clear butterfly pupa, I cut it open, the chrysalis was still complete.

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No idea
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-05-13 09:53:14 CDT (-0400)

Sorry, I have no idea about the normal state of these, this is the first time I’ve found this. The butterfly pupa was in a fairly good state in this one, and in the notes of the Fungi of Switzerland that we looked up, it said these are usually found in this area on butterfly pupas. The body of the pupa was fairly stiff, which I didn’t expect. I think the pupa was mostly mycelium at this point.

Thanks for the comment there Dimi… I just do my best.

Spectacular.
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-05-12 23:24:15 CDT (-0400)

It is not very often to see something so neatly captured via photographs.

D.
Really neat
By: mdpatrick
2009-05-12 19:58:44 CDT (-0400)

Does miltaris generally grow on them while they’re cocooned like that? Or is the fact that it’s cocooned merely incidental?

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