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Sugar icing fungus

Beauveria bassiana

Description:

This fungi is literally bursting out of the joints of this cicada. It is a pathogenic fungus that attacks and kills cicadas.

Habitat:

tropical rainforest

Notes:

I saw another cicada infected by a fungus and a few robber flies as well. Tangkoko Batuangus National Park.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Cicada fungus
Massospora sp. Massospora cicadina


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20 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks alfonso, emilianog and francop.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks for the additional info kel, I thought it was that too but I think Mark has found it. Thanks Mark and thanks Shanna and Lauren. Chun, I didn't have any black mould on my clothes, but my backpack, sleeping bag, hat, etc. Just not my clothes! Hahaha! But don't worry, nothing from the tropics can survive here, all I have to do is go outside and the cold temps will off it.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Poor little thing, but it looks like a birthday cake.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

I have one that specialises in Diptera (Entomophthora muscae) and in my wanderings found one that specialises in cicadas - Massospora spp. - here's the US version https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massospora...

ShannaB
ShannaB 6 years ago

OMG! I was going to ask if it was still alive but you've answered that further down. Scary and macabre, nonetheless.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Jolly Ibanez may be right !
Dan, black molds from the tropics are growing on your clothes.
I hope you did not bring those back :-)

Sckel
Sckel 6 years ago

In wikipedia says 'Beauveria bassiana' is the same family that Cordyceps:'Clavicipitaceae. Both belong to different genera: Cordyceps and Beauveria.

I have had many Lagria beetles (http://www.cesumar.br/epcc2009/anais/fab...) dying with white mold in my backyard, so I researched and found out about Cordyceps bassiana or B. bassiana.

See this link:
http://www.hiddenforest.co.nz/fungi/fami...

I'm no expert, I not have more info. I hope someone can help ID.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

You're right Thomas, after a bit of research and a lead from Sckel (thanks kel!) I don't think it's Cordyceps fungi but another fungi Beauveria bassiana. What do you think? Nope Jolly, hope I didn't bring anything back!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauveria_b...

ThomasV.Tittle
ThomasV.Tittle 6 years ago

The name cordyceps is from the latin words, cord meaning club and ceps meaning head. This doesn't look like a Cordyceps.

Sckel
Sckel 6 years ago

I have no knowledge about fungi, but in 2013 I found a beetle parasitized by 'Beauveria bassiana'. That does not seem Cordyceps is similar to B. bassiana, a cosmopolitan fungus.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

Nice spotting. I hope you took some precaution not to contaminate your equipment with those spores and bring them with you to Canada.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

You're right Sergio, my bad. I had it in the wrong mission, I had not joined the other mission yet. It's all good now. Btw, great mission, I certainly have a few more I will be adding to it.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

It is a great spotting, Dan, but I think it would go better in the "Arthropods oarasitised by fungy" mission... :-) http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1159...

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Poor cicada.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Gilma, but I don't think it was still alive. It wasn't moving at all. Kel, hahaha, good one! It's in my backpack, shhhh.

Sckel
Sckel 6 years ago

Where did you hide the can of whipped cream?

And it was still alive!! Poor creature.
Thank you for sharing though, it is interesting, dandoucette.

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Cindy, done and done. It was new to me too Chun, then I saw another on the same hike, so maybe it is more common in northeast Sulawesi.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 6 years ago

That is something new to me.
I have never seen fungi parasiting cicadas !

Poor cicada! Great photographs, Dan. There are a couple missions you can add this to: The Hoppers: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8096... and Arthropods parasitised by fungi: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1159...

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Spotted on Jan 14, 2014
Submitted on Mar 23, 2014

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