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Hoverfly infected with Entomophthora?!

Observed: 3rd September 2011 By: MartincitoMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:
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.

Species with which Entomophthora interacts

Comments

Martincito's picture

No wonder I couldn't find it

No wonder I couldn't find it in my book!

grant burleigh's picture

Infected hoverfly

Its certainly very impressive. Is there more than one form of fungus that infects flies? The situation that I am (slightly) familiar with involves white bands swelling out across the abdomen.

rimo's picture

I think there are several

I think there are several different species, but the extent of growth is largely dependent on age - when firs expressed the fungus grows through the gaps between the abdominal plates, only later covering the entire abdomen

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