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Photo#90675
Fly with fungus?

Fly with fungus?
near Fluker, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA
May 10, 1970
Size: body length 7 mm.
This photo posted here by Smithjw reminded me of a bizarre specimen I collected way back on May 10, 1970 (The last time I checked, BugGuide would not accept dates this ancient). The specimen appeared to be stuck in a spot of resin on a small dead twig on a pine tree. I puzzled over the strange appendages that appeared to sprout from the exact positions normally occupied by wings, and near the proper position for an ovipositer. I eventually concluded that this was a fungus that had grown out of the corpse.

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Fly with fungus? Fly with fungus? Fly with fungus? Fly with fungus?

Fly with fungus
This is absolutely fantastic! Almost overwhelmingly bizarre! I am so intrigued by insects, more and more everyday. But they still freak me out in a way that just makes studying them all that more intriguing. And satisfying, I must add. This is a great specimen, thus proving my point!

Amazing...
Another place you could consider posting this is mushroomobserver.org, the people there would definitely like to see this.

Oh poo...
looks like I was beaten to the genus level ID. >:X
Oh well! XD

the fungus
is in the genus Cordyceps

You can see a video on this k
You can see a video on this kind a fungus attacking a ant. Quit interesting : http://ebaumsworld.com/2006/12/parasite-attacks-ant.html

Moved
Moved from Frass.

Awesome
These pictures are absolutly awesome and should not be frassed!
The fungi are often very specific and they can even alter the behavior of the insects... Some tropical ground dwelling ants climb on trees where they bit into the plant and die, so that the spores can rain down and infect other ants..
The fly in this picture might be a Chloropidae, but that is just a guess..

Great images
but why did you Frass them all? Seems like we should be able to find a place somewhere in BugGuide for at least a couple of these.
What about adding them to this page?

 
Thanks folks,
I would be delighted if a home could be found for the images! I could not figure out an acceptable category. It seemed like a bit of a stretch to place them in ID request.
Gayle

 
found the perfect spot for th
found the perfect spot for them...

 
Amazing!
Thanks Martin, I couldn't imagine that such a category existed. BugGuide is truly remarkable.

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