The commonest Cordyceps species growing in the UK although being small can make it hard to find.
|Scarlet Caterpillarclub (EN), Pastwn Coch y Lindys (CY), Maczużnik Bojowy (PL), Vörös Rovarrontógomba (HU)
|Average Mushroom height (CM)
|Average Cap width (CM)
3-5cm long, 3-5mm wide. The slightly swollen bright orange to scarlet/orange fruit body 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.