Caterpillar fungus (37/49)

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Fruiting body of the caterpillar fungus, also known as the vegetable caterpillar (although there is no plant involved). Beneath the soil surface is the mummified remains of a ghost moth, consumed by the fungus.

Scientific name
Cordyceps robertsii
Common names
caterpillar fungus, vegetable caterpillar
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