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Observed: 9th August 2011 By: Sallz
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Description:

Over the last month or so I have found hundreds of these flies/bugs stuck on my washing line and clothes pegs...dead. I have not come across this before and wondered what they are and why they are there. My washing line is under a large Purple Beech tree.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

eucera's picture

Entomophaga

The flies have all been hit by a fungus in the genus Entomophaga. The poses these dead flies have struck in death is pretty typical

Stuart
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ophrys's picture

Entomophaga

Is this fungus, which commonly affects hoverflies, Entomophaga (the fly-eater) or Entomophthora (the fly-destroyer)? I usually see it given as the latter...is that wrong?

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eucera's picture

Entomophtora

The latter is correct - too quick to get an answer out!

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
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