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Trooping Cordyceps

Scientific Name: Cordyceps militaris (L. ex St. Amans) Link

Common Name: Trooping Cordyceps

Certainty: positive (notes)

Location: Southern Appalachians; Smokies; CabinCove

Date: 20060715


Perfect example, complete with pupal host. This is a fascinating fungus, considered to be a real find, as it grows exclusively on buried pupae of insects! However, a day or two after a good midsummer rain in the Smokies I can almost guarantee several sightings on a casual stroll through damp hardwood forest.

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Taken on August 6, 2007