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Sugar Icing Fungus

Beauveria bassiana

Description:

A dead robberfly infected with sugar icing fungus - 'a fungus that grows naturally in soils throughout the world and acts as a parasite on various arthropod species, causing white muscardine disease'

Habitat:

sub tropical forest

Notes:

I spotted this near Gingers Paradise, first time I've seen it infect a wasp. I also spotted a katydid and grasshopper infected with fungus.

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2 Comments

Sckel
Sckel 4 years ago

I love this guy with whipped cream

John La Salle
John La Salle 4 years ago

Nice picture - and neat to see an entomopathogenic fungus in action.
The insect isn't a wasp - it is actually a big predatory fly.
Robber fly in the family Asilidae.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asilidae

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Municipio Buena Vista, SCZ, Bolivia

Spotted on Jan 25, 2016
Submitted on Mar 25, 2016

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