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Lady Beetle (male has fungus) - Harmonia axyridis - male - female

Lady Beetle (male has fungus) - Harmonia axyridis - Male Female
New York, USA
September 10, 2008
There is something "growing" at the front of the males's eletra.
Do you know what this is, I've seen it now on several ladybugs?

Added to Forum topic: DRAFT: Parasitic fungi

I believe
that they are Harmonia axyridis (Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle), which commonly get a type of fungus

Thanks John.
and thank you also for the fungus links, although it is sad to see this.
I'll have to watch out for it on non-Asian beetles.

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