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Asian Lady Beetle w/ Laboulbeniales fungus

Harmonia axyridis


A lady beetle with an STD - Laboulbeniales fungus


Rural deciduous area, Clermont County


Fun fact: The Laboulbeniales fungus only affects beetles and other hard-shelled insects. It burrows through the shell and feeds on the hemolymph of its victim. What essentially makes it an STD is that it can only spread from direct beetle-to-beetle contact, and the only time they're in direct contact long enough is...well. The birds and the beetles, you know. :P

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Ohio, USA

Spotted on Nov 29, 2016
Submitted on Jul 8, 2017

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