spacemouses's picture

Dead fly

Observed: 21st July 2011 By: spacemouses
dead fly
Description:

Found on top of a buttercup. I think the white 'stuff' coming out of it is a fungus. Am I correct and if so - what sort? What is the fly?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) interacts

Comments

ophrys's picture

Fungus

Not sure what the fly is, but it is infected by a fungus. It may be Entomophthora, which is common at the moment. Melanostoma hoverflies are often found at the top of grass stems, with white 'fur' growing through the abdominal segments.

Ian
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dshubble's picture

Fungus

Highly likely to be Entomophthora, but it can be tricky to tell. I found similar specimens last year and sent them to the county fungus recorder who then forwarded them to Kew as it's not previously been common on yellow dung-fly, so could be something not recorded in the UK for a while (or ever), but yet to be determined,

Dave

Refugee's picture

Submit it again

Have a go at submitting it again in Fungi for the pathogen and see what the Fungi experts have to say about it.

Refugee