Scarlet Caterpillar Club fungus
Mike Raine (November)
This cheesy wotsit look-a-like was spotted growing in the short sheep cropped grass just behind Jerry's Roof in the Llanberis Pass.
It is the remarkable, and quite rare, Scarlet Caterpillar Club Fungus. The reddish orange elongated fruiting body grows to nearly five centimetres long. Whilst all fungi grows on organic matter such as wood, leaf mulch or dung the Scarlet Caterpillar Club Fungus grows from the pupa of a moth or butterfly found just under the ground. The fungus eats the pupa, a truly parasitic fungi.