snowkirsten's picture

Help with ID of this organism please?

Observed: 14th August 2012 By: snowkirsten
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
120814 Priory Fields grassland to be IDd photo - KB
120814 Priory Fields grassland to be IDd photo 2 - KB
120814 Priory Fields grassland to be IDd photo 3 - KB
Description:

Found in grassland near Hull, low down in the thatch of tall grasses (Yorkshire fog & false oat-grass chiefly present). I left it where it was on the dead grass blade. Please let me know if you have any ideas what this might be. Thanks!

Identifications

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

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

mystery

Sorry, not something I recognise, will be intrigued to find out what it is if anyone does know!

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Martin Harvey's picture

fungus on insect

I contacted Malcolm Storey (of http://www.bioimages.org.uk/) to see if he knew what this was, and he says:
"It’s a fungus-infected insect. The fungus is Hirsutella (or something near that). Hirsutella are the imperfect (= asexual, = mould) stage of some species of Ophiocordyceps or Torrubiella. The same order as Cordyceps militaris which produces the orange sexual fruitbodies on Lepidoptera caterpillars."

P.S. It would be good to change this observation so that it appears in the Fungi section of iSpot. Click on the "Edit" tab above and you should be able to change the Group.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

snowkirsten's picture

Thanks!

Excellent, have taken your advice & move it to the Fungi section. Thanks for your help!