Fruitbodies are stalked, up to 10 cm tall, with spherical, pimpled heads that are brown to blackish brown and up to 1 cm across. The stalk is yellowish. The fungus is widespread but not common and parasitizes an underground fungus called Elaphomyces . Fruitbodies are found alone or in small groups under conifers in fall. If you dig below the Cordyceps you will find the Elaphomyces host.