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a garden on a beetle - Harmonia axyridis

a garden on a beetle - Harmonia axyridis
Goshen, Orange County, New York, USA
November 13, 2014
Size: 3-4 mm
until i captured the image, I thought that this was a strangely colored representative of the coccinellidae. NOW please tell me how often they carry around a garden. Perhaps its presence on the window ledge of my warm and moist shower room is part of the explanation.

I've not seen this before and so i question those who know as to its significance and effect on the insect. Thank you for helping to build my fund of knowledge.

Moved from ID Request.

A fungus
Pretty common on beetles -

H. axyridis in both photos?
Coincidence, or non-native status leaving them with less natural defenses to local fungus conditions?

There is a whole section
under H. axyridis devoted to individuals with fungus. Here is one with a comment from an expert on Laboulbeniales -

Not sure if H. axyridis is more susceptible or not.

Very interesting!
Thanks John! I believe I've noticed another weakness in this presumably mighty invader. Could be meaningless but believe I have seen a significant number that have the very posterior end of the elytra deformed. I've seen it in deeply colored individuals so I don't think their elytra are still in the flexible stage. Like I say it could just be a coincidence. I've only noticed because I like to try to photograph as many color variations as possible, but I don't like to keep the ugly deformed ones for the collection.

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