Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

unknown mold(?) with ant


I found this ant under a rock, nearly covered in this strange white fluff. Mold? Evidence of a parasite? I have no idea.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


esolagra 9 years ago

Wonderful picture! The ant seems to be a Campanotus americanus and the fungus looks more like Beauveria. Nice find.

AlexKonig 10 years ago

sorry , under an rock,--> already found it (i must remember: first read everything and then ask? ) :)

AlexKonig 10 years ago

very nice, but it's isn't like the cordyceps i have seen so far (most come out of the host with a fruiting-body, but this one looks like mycelium), maybe just a mold which was decaying a dead ant. Can you follow the developement of the white fungi ? (maybe you live not to far away) . nice spot, must you excravate them or where they above the ground n plane sight?

RickBohler 10 years ago

This is a GREAT shot :)

textless 10 years ago

Thanks for the nice comments ChunXingWong, Carlos, and Ivan. :) It was a very odd, interesting find.

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 10 years ago

Very much like karma ChunXingWong! But that's life, eh? Amazing and detailed spotting, textless. But that's not uncommon in your snapshots! :)

CarlosZacchi 10 years ago

Very good pic

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

The relationship between ants and fungus are strange.
Some ants feed on fungus.
Some fungus feeds on ants.
It's like a cycle of "Karma"

textless 10 years ago

Thanks Michael! Someone on my blog suggested that it might be a parasitic fungus like Cordyceps... but I don't know that it's found around here (southern Colorado). And it seems to feature a stalk of fungus growing out of the host insect. I looked at Beauveria bassiana, but that doesn't seem quite right either... Anyway I thought it was really interesting.

MichaelMorris 10 years ago

i couldn't tell whats going on here, but it's a really cool shot

Spotted by

Dolores, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Oct 23, 2011
Submitted on Oct 30, 2011

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team