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Beautiful glass petri dish fully colonized with the Cordyceps Sinensis fungi, otherwise know as 冬虫夏草, yartsa gunbu, Ophiocordyceps Sobolife, Vegetable caterpilla, and the Caterpillar Fungus.

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Beautiful glass petri dish fully colonized with the Cordyceps Sinensis fungi, otherwise know as 冬虫夏草, yartsa gunbu, Ophiocordyceps Sobolife, Vegetable caterpilla, and the Caterpillar Fungus.



The caterpillar fungus Ophiocordyceps Sinensis (syn. Cordyceps Sinensis) is one of the entomogenous Ascomycetes and parasitizes the larvae of Lepidoptera to form the well-known traditional Tibetan medicine “yartsa gunbu” or, in traditional Chinese medicine, “DongChongXiaCao (冬蟲夏草 Dōng Chóng Xià Cǎo)”(“winter worm-summer grass,” [Figure 1]). DongChongXiaCao is a well-described remedy that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 700 years. The wild fungus, which possesses a plant-like fruiting body and originates from dead caterpillars that fill with mycelia has generally been called C. sinensis or Cordyceps spp. (“ChongCao” in Chinese) due to its insect-shaped appearance. O. Sinensis (previously named C. Sinensis) is a slow-growing fungus and needs to be grown at a comparatively low temperature, i.e., below 21°C. Both temperature and growth rate are crucial factors that identify O. Sinensis from other similar fungi. In recent decades, curative and health-care products derived from the so-called “Cordyceps” are extremely popular in China in various forms such as capsules, oral liquids, and drinks. Most of these products, derived from submerged mycelial O. Sinensis cultures are the popular merchandise items on the market.