Rob Coleman's picture

A fly-eating fungus?

Observed: 17th May 2009 By: Rob ColemanRob Coleman’s reputation in Fungi and LichensRob Coleman’s reputation in Fungi and LichensRob Coleman’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Entomophthora
Description:

The pinkish fluff on the fly's abdomen is the fungus

Identifications

Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

fly fungi

These fungi can have amazing effects on the behaviour of their host insects, causing them to move to the tips of plants before killing them, so that the fungal spores are more readily dispersed.

I've been told in the past that you can't be 100% certain that a fungus on a fly is the species Entomophthora muscae, apparently there are other fungi species that can infect flies in a similar way.

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Entomologist and biological recorder