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Hi SukanyaDatta, what an awesome spotting. I think it might be an assassin bug. Acanthaspis petax is an assassin bug that carries the corpses of its ant victim on its back. I believe the assassin bug does this to mask its scent.
It could very well be, Tristan. To be honest I am not familiar with black knot fungi, I only know it from online photos and read that it affects Prunus trees. It's just that in photo 3 I believe I see slime trails, which makes me think it's a slime mold.