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Parasitized Caenia dimidiata ID request - Caenia dimidiata

Parasitized Caenia dimidiata ID request - Caenia dimidiata
Sun City Center Nature Trails, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
May 2, 2018
Size: 1-2 mm
I didn't realize at the time what was going on or I would have taken more macros.
The beetle is clearly deformed and these worms are apparently emerging from the abdomen posterior. Nothing comes up online about net-winged beetle parasites. Thus, this generic request. TIA

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Parasitized Caenia dimidiata ID request - Caenia dimidiata Parasitized Caenia dimidiata ID request - Caenia dimidiata

Moved
Moved from Net-winged Beetles.

Fungus may be responsible too
Some species in Entomophthora and Cordyceps will attack the abdomen.

Moved for Expert Review
Moved from ID Request.

 
Thank you Robert
for the attention to it

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