I scoured Youtube for some of the best Cordyceps videos I could find, that showcase the amazing properties of this fungus. The name Cordyceps comes from the Latin root words, “cord” and “ceps,” meaning, “club” and “head,”
This video originally from the Planet Earth series shows a species of Cordyceps in action as it sprouts from a bullet ant. As the video states, there are thousands of variations (others say only hundreds) which each specialize in one species. In the video, you get to see several insects sprouting Cordyceps fungus after being infected. Some may find this off-putting, but others will see the almost magical nature of the world in it.
This second video shows the genuine Cordyceps sinensis, how it is harvested and sold in the markets for large prices, being worth more than four times its weight in silver. You’ll also hear its nick-name of “Summer grass winter worm”.
This video featuring mycologist Paul Stamets shows that insects aren’t the only host for Cordyceps. Here the fungus, which he calls Cordyceps capitata, takes over a truffle.
Cordyceps are actually from all over the world. Here is a variety of Cordyceps that has attacked a beetle in Ecuador.
It is likely that most species of Cordyceps would contribute health-giving effects to humans who consume them, but that is just a guess at best. Only a few varieties have been studied. The “king” of Cordyceps is Sinensis, the original from the Himalaya mountains, only seen in the second video here.