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Beetle on celosia - Chauliognathus pensylvanicus

Beetle on celosia - Chauliognathus pensylvanicus
Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
September 12, 2017

Moved from ID Request.

Fungus infected
I'm not sure what it is yet, but the fungal infection is obvious. See more examples on this forum article: Arthropod Pathogenic Fungi
This might be an infected Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus. (eastern) Hold on for an expert.

Thanks Bob!
I was thinking maybe a soldier beetle too, but hadn't seen anything like it before.

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