Cordyceps?

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Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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NickWood
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Cordyceps?

Post by NickWood » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:15 pm

Hi, I hope you can help identify this tiny fungus.
It was found protruding from an old silver birch stump. About 2cm in total length. The fruiting head is about 1cm, bright red (I've tried to enhance the colour but it's still not quite right) and is covered in tiny "spikes". The orange stem is about another cm and appears to have a covering of white spores below the head.
The closest fungus I've found to it is Cordyceps militaris, but the location seems wrong and the surface of the head seems different.
There was only one, so I didn't take it for microscopy as it might be rare.
Any ideas?
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Re: Cordyceps?

Post by Chris Yeates » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:25 pm

Looks fine to me, it's been "grazed" a bit . . .
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Re: Cordyceps?

Post by adampembs » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:30 am

Nice photos :)
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Re: Cordyceps?

Post by NickWood » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:14 pm

Chris Yeates wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:25 pm
Looks fine to me, it's been "grazed" a bit . . .
adampembs wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:30 am
Nice photos :)
Many thanks, Chris and Adam. As this fungus grows out of the larvae and pupae of butterflies and moths, I'm guessing there is one in the tree stump. I'll try to see tomorrow.

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Re: Cordyceps?

Post by NickWood » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:29 pm

After some very careful excavating into the rotten wood of the tree stump - et voilà! The pupa! What a fascinating fungus!
(I left it after that - seemed a shame to disturb it further.)
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