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Hoverfly infected with a fungus

Observed: 28th July 2012 By: jeremyrjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebratesjeremyr’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

This hoverfly has been infected with an Entomophthora fungus (see comment below). Entomophthora means 'insect destroyer' in Greek.

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Comments

ophrys's picture

Fungus

It's infected with an Entomophthora fungus, appearing between the abdominal segments, as usual. It's not uncommon to find several of these together atop grass stems, all similarly affected.

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Melanostoma

It does look like mellinum but I am not sure about the leg markings - good call

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jeremyr's picture

fungus

thanks, that's going straight in the Fungi section

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