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fungus victim - Dichromorpha viridis

fungus victim - Dichromorpha viridis
shawnee County, Kansas, USA
This is one of those animals killed by a fungus that before death crawls to the top of a grass stalk and holds on until death - to more easily spread spores of the fungus.
Does Bugguide have a "fungus" page?

Dichromorpha viridis
is what it was. I think a fungus page is a good idea too.

I endorse a fungus page.
These images are so cool, and it would be nice to have a gallery of them, to preclude a haphazard search across all taxa. Not that searching "fungus" is difficult, but there's enough of these fungus victims in the guide that they deserve their own section.

 
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Hi Mark,
I'm going to ask for one in the "request a new page" section of the forum.
Thanks.

 
The fungus
is probably Entomophaga grylli, as in this one:

I had been thinking a fungus page would be a good idea too... maybe the best thing would be for someone (doesn't have to be an editor) to make an article with thumbnails of all the fungus images--that way the images can stay filed in the taxon of the victim, while also being all collected in one place. I remember in addition to this one and the "fungus-ridden flies" page there is a neat shot of a cellar spider with big pom-poms of fungus coming out of all its joints, and Mark's shot of an ant with a fungus coming out of its head.
...Okay, I couldn't resist; I started a page here.

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