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Sugar icing fungus

Beauveria bassiana


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


tropical rainforest


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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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks alfonso, emilianog and francop.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 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 10 years ago

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

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 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

ShannaB 10 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 10 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 10 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 ( dying with white mold in my backyard, so I researched and found out about Cordyceps bassiana or B. bassiana.

See this link:

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

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 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!

ThomasV.Tittle 10 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 10 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 10 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.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 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 10 years ago

It is a great spotting, Dan, but I think it would go better in the "Arthropods oarasitised by fungy" mission... :-)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Poor cicada.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 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 10 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.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 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 10 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: and Arthropods parasitised by fungi:

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

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

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