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DRAFT: Arthropod Pathogenic Fungi

This article is an effort to bring together all of BugGuide's images of bugs that have been attacked by fungi. Clicking a thumbnail will take you to the full-sized image, which may be linked to additional images of the same individual. If you come across images that are not shown here--particularly of different fungi or different victims--please add links to them in the comments below.

Check out this video to learn a bit about Cordyceps, a mostly tropical genus of fungus that can be found in the southeastern US. (In the Amazon, there are treehoppers in the genus Bocydium that appear to mimic these fungi. Some examples are shown here.) There is more information about Cordyceps and related fungi here. There are many other types of arthropod pathogenic fungi. If you come across good information about them, please post links etc. below and I will incorporate them here.

Life cycle information, along with many references, can be found in:
Roy, H. E., D.C. Steinkraus, J. Eilenberg, A.E. Hajek, and J.K. Pell. 2006. Bizarre interactions and endgames: entomopathogenic fungi and their arthropod hosts. Annual Review of Entomology 51:331-57.

Spiders
Most, if not all, of these spiders are afflicted with species of Gibellula (a.k.a. Torrubiella). Kathie Hodge's article here shows examples of Gibellula pulchra and Nomuraea atypicola.

Cellar spiders with Torrubiella pulvinata


Harvestmen
Pandora phalangicida is a harvestman-specific fungus. Also see Kathie Hodge's photo here.


Grasshoppers and Crickets
Some information about Entomophaga grylli here


Earwigs


Cockroaches


True Bugs


Leafhoppers, Planthoppers and Cicadas


Aphids


Barklice


Lacewings


Beetles


Goldenrod Soldier Beetles infected with Eryniopsis lampyridarum


Ladybugs with Laboulbeniales fungi (see more here)


Ants and Wasps


Caddisflies infected with Erynia rhizospora

These two apparently have some other kind of fungus:


Moths

Also see the bottom of this page.
Caterpillars -- some of these may be killed by a virus or bacterium rather than a fungus:


Flies
See Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month page for Entomophthora muscae.

This still-living calliphorid appears to be in the process of succumbing to a fungus:

Snipe flies with Furia ithacensis:

Cordyceps variabilis on Xylophagidae larva:

Some infected fly larvae found in leaf litter:


Millipedes
These millipedes are victims of Arthrophaga myriapodina, described in this paper.


Miscellaneous Arthropods With Afflictions That May Or May Not Be Fungus-related


Images Submitted To This Page That Have Been Determined To Depict Victims Of Something Other Than A Fungus

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle
Chauliognathus pensylvanicus

More millipedes...
Charley, looks like perhaps you have neglected to include your own images. :)


For those that are interested, there are also many more fascinating images taken by Mike Deep of several millipedes found on the same day. All of the separate posts can be found by clicking here.

Apheloria virginiensis (Millipede)
I'm not sure if this fungus is the same as the others, but it seems likely. I have not read Kathie's article yet. (see comment below)

the new name of that millipede fungus
We recently described the very cool fungus in the northeast that kills polydesmid millipedes (Apheloria, Nannaria, Boraria). We named the fungus Arthrophaga myriapodina. Email me via the address in my profile if you'd like a reprint, or see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022201117301842

Microvelia

Psyllobora vigintimaculata
Charley, I believe this is the first Psyllobora species recorded on BugGuide.

earwig

Millipede

Crane fly
Possible fungus kill, but not sure

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Two planthoppers

 
Flatormenis
Isn't the nymph just naturally fuzzy?

 
It could be
It could be

Hypochilus pococki with fungus

Platycheirus

Robber fly

Barklouse

Cecidomyiidae larva with fungi

a moth

Fungus gnat larva with fungi (maybe Cordyceps?)

grasshopper with fungus

Apparent Caddisflies

 
apparent caddisflies
Thank you for shedding light on this for me. I was curious about the way the strange, outer translucent/fuzziness "sheathed" the mysterious creature beneath. It did make me think of a fungus, or some type of decay. Now I know! "Entomophagous fungi". And after looking at the link on fungi that attack caddisflies, it thoroughly makes sense. Thanks again.

a gryllacridid

another grasshopper

grasshopper

Fungi on rove beetle
A fungi on the head of a rove beetle (Carpelimus sp.)


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unlucky fly

grasshopper

planthopper with fungus

a Chlaenius with Laboulbeniales
; on legs, elytra, pronotum, abdomen

Potential very small fungi
I've post a serie of pictures showing what I think to be a very small fungi on an antennal seta of an Isopoda. I'm still not 100% sure it is a fungi, but after much thinking, it seems to me to be the only logical guess.


Blowfly, Lucilia

snipe fly

Fungus?

 
Moth scales
I agree with =v='s assessment.

 
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Thank you!

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true bug with fungus

a midge and leaf-rolling cricket

ant with Cordyceps

Cordyceps?


Several more photos and a description here:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/887222

fungus-ridden midge

fly

midge

an earwig with fungus

A cockroach

Anthomyiidae with fungus

Probably
this one (See the comment on page).
I have another photo but is the same species above. Not the same individual. Most of individuals of Psinidia amplicornis, which I saw there at that time, was affected by this problem. (Easily distinguished due to the open position of the wings.)

 
 
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