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This poor weevil didn't have a chance...

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ToshimiDowaki 9 years ago

Great spotting!

Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

lovely find, how strange!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

What a mysterious encounter, Sergio! I agree with behemoth.williams3. This might be a Cordyceps fungus. Here's a BBC documentary on the Cordyceps fungus that Braulio showed me:

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

EnvUnlimited, Scott, Yuko, Antonio, Joshua, Carol and Argy, thank you for the nice comments.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Thank you, Argy, that is the best definition for this guy. At least it is a new utility for such a plague... :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Great find Sergio - the famous pin-cushion weevil.

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 9 years ago

Very unusual.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Incredible thanks for sharing Sergio!

Amazing capture Sérgio,incridble find,congrats and thanks for sharing

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Poor thing...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

If it is an entomopathogenic fungus there are plenty of species!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

I am not sure, EnvUnlimited. Cordyceps fungi atacks live animals, but I can't say if this weevil was dead or not when infected. Only an expert could say it.

drP 9 years ago

Is this an example of Cordyceps/Ophiocordyceps fungus? Creepy and way cool!

ForestDragon 9 years ago

Wow! The Weevil may not have had a chance but it looks like a work of art now. Nature is amazing!

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Nossa Sérgio, que louco! Belo achado!

Tom15 9 years ago

Sergio, great picture of fungi that infected and killed this weevil.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Spotted on Feb 21, 2013
Submitted on Feb 22, 2013

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