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This fungus has parasitized the pupa of a sphinx moth.
growing on a buried moth pupa
The fungus grows from the body of an insect. The insect is not visible at first, usually buried in moss or rotten wood.
Cordyceps militaris (who's Dutch name means 'Caterpillar killer') that lives on butterfly pupa's.
Cordyceps militaris is a species of fungus in the family Clavicipitaceae, and the type species of the genus Cordyceps. It was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 as Clavaria militaris.