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Parasitic Fungi on a Moth

Akanthomyces aranearum


White fungus growing on a dead moth.


Found on an oak tree.


There are over 1000 species of entomopathogens. Most of their spores are adhesive. They land on an insects cuticle and stay there until they germinate. Species attacking above ground insects commonly attach their host in an exposed aerial position using hyphae which grow into a plant. This provides an advantageous position for spore dispersal.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Interesting spotting, Tom. Thanks for sharing.

flowntheloop 3 years ago

@Tom the structure of the fruiting bodies and their growth pattern. :) Matches more closely with A. aranearum.

tomk3886 3 years ago

Im curious what caused you to change your ID suggestion flowntheloop? Thanks for all the fungi identifications and bringing jungledragon to my attention. Fungi are a challenge for me to identify.

flowntheloop 3 years ago

@tom I think I may have made a mistake. I think this is actually Akanthomyces aranearum!

tomk3886 3 years ago

Thanks for the ID flowntheloop

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Poor moth but great spotting and notes ! Thanks.

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Spotted on Jan 27, 2021
Submitted on Jan 29, 2021

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