In the Land of the Thunder Dragon (Bhutan) there is a unique fungus that grows on caterpillars above 4000 metres. It's been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Asian Medicine and is more expensive than gold. Bhutan Pharmaceuticals Private Limited has been set up to explore the fungal diversity of Bhutan as a source of new metabolites. This blog will let the World know what we are up to.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Cordyceps tuberculata on adult moth - Trashiyangtse, Bhutan
Cordyceps tuberculata on adult moth
This is Cordyceps tuberculata on an adult moth from Trashiyangtse in the far east of Bhutan. A 570 km drive from the base in Thimphu took three days of driving to get to the Bumderling Wildlife Sanctuary. Usually this is only found in the anamorph state - Akanthomyces pistilariiformis. occasionally there may be a few perithecia present. This specimen has plenty of perithecia present as cream yellow conical structures. The Akanthomyces anamorph was on the synnemata. This moth is about 40-50 mm long. It always amazes me that the fungus can start to grow out from the moth and cement it to the underside of a leaf after the moth has come to rest but before it has died.