The commonest Cordyceps species growing in the UK although being small can make it hard to find.
|Common Names||Scarlet Caterpillarclub (EN), Pastwn Coch y Lindys (CY), Maczużnik Bojowy (PL), Vörös Rovarrontógomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Cordyceps militaris|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||4|
|Average Cap width (CM)||0.5|
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.
The slightly swollen bright orange to scarlet/orange fruit body can be up to 4cm long and is covered in raised pores.
It does not have a bulbous base but is attached to a butterfly or moth larva or pupa which can appear bulbous or large if the mushroom is unearthed.
Can look similar to some Clavaria species but these grow in groups rather than the normally single Scarlet Caterpillarclub.
White. It has barrel shaped spores that first appear joined like a string of sausages.
Taste / Smell
The Scarlet Caterpillarclub takes over a butterfly or moth larvae or pupae and grows from inside the larva, filling it with mycelium.
Looking forward to working with your products. Right now I have plenty of Chaga but am excited to grow cordyceps.
We are about 1year into growing different mushrooms and making tinctures.