Phylum: Ascomycota Class: Sordariomycetes
Order: Hypocreales Family: Cordycipitaceae
Species: Cordyceps militaris (L.) Link
Synonyms: Clavaria militaris
Sphaeria militaris
Torrubia militaris
Common Name: Scarlet Caterpillarclub


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    Cordyceps militarisPhotographer:  David Mitchel
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    Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
    Fagus sylvatica (2)
    Tsuga (1)
    Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
    Acid grassland: semi-improved (10)
    Neutral grassland: semi-improved (6)
    Bog (2)
    Dry dwarf shrub heath: acid (2)
    Grassland and marsh (2)
    Marsh/marshy grassland (2)
    Woodland: coniferous, plantation (2)
    Woodland: mixed, plantation, high forest (2)
    Acid grassland (1)
    Boundaries: hedge with trees, species-rich (1)
    Calcareous grassland (1)
    Calcareous grassland: semi-improved (1)
    Calcareous grassland: unimproved (1)
    Grassland: acidic, upland (1)
    Heathland: wet heath/acid grassland mosaic, upland (1)
    Mire: upland raised bog, open Sphagnum carpets (1)
    Montane heath/dwarf forb (1)
    Woodland (1)
    Woodland: broadleaved (1)
    Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (1)
    Woodland: mixed, semi-natural (1)
    Woodland: plantation (1)
    Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
    Pupa (16)
    Soil (12)
    Soil Grassy (5)
    Soil Mossy (3)
    Acer pseudoplatanus (1)
    Larch (Larix) (1)
    Stem (1)
    Months recorded in & number of records:
    January (2)
    March (3)
    August (1)
    September (10)
    October (32)
    November (25)
    December (1)