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Grasshopper (infected?)

Description:

Green grasshopper covered with a brown dust which I think is fungal spore. I have cropped the photos so that the brown marks can be better seen.

Habitat:

Botanical Garden.

Notes:

The grasshopper seemed listless; almost dead. Usually I see (in photos) white fungal filaments cover the hapless insect; even emerge from inside...this one was dusted with spores...early infection, maybe?


No species ID suggestions

2 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

Thanks Machi....to my eyes it looked like powdery stuff but yes, an ID will help resolve it...hope it is not fungus...an awful way to die.

Machi
Machi 2 months ago

I don't know if those are spores.. Some grasshoppers have little bumps and spikes on them and can be healthy. If you get a species ID you can probably confirm whether or not it is healthy

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Lat: 22.57, Long: 88.36

Spotted on Dec 23, 2018
Submitted on Dec 27, 2018

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