“Look!” I exclaimed, bending to examine a pair of half-inch-tall, bright orange, club-shaped mushrooms. Kneeling in the leaf litter, with my two-year-old son watching in puzzlement, I carefully scraped away at the base of the colorful clubs. Just beneath the soil was a glossy brown moth pupa: the origin of the mushrooms’ stalks.
This is the orange caterpillar club (Cordyceps militaris), an insect-eating fungus that is easy to find – if you know what to look for. [Read more…] about Caterpillar Club Fungi: More Than Meets the Eye