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beetle on beetle - Harmonia axyridis

beetle on beetle - Harmonia axyridis
Henryetta, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, USA
July 12, 2005
Does anyone know what is going on here, if anything?
After posting the image and looking at it, it seems that there is pollen or eggs on the back of the lady bug and perhaps the small beetle is eating that.

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Moved from Ladybird Beetles.

Assumption supported
Hi Charles,

The stuff on the ladybird (Asian one: Harmonia axyridis) are Laboulbeniales fungi, and the small beetle looks very like Typhaea sp. (Mycetophagidae) - a fungus feeder.

very interesting observation, compliments!


Thanks, Boris
It is nice to get more information on fungus ridden bugs, and now that I am reading Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer I find it even more interesting.

Thanks for naming the fungus, Boris
we've been seeing and speculating on this one for years, without yet putting a name to it!

fuzzy ladybugs
we live in an old farm house in Indiana that has tons of ladybugs. I have noticed that many of them have some sort of fungus growing on them, some of it looks mossy and other ones look like darker spots. Can't say for sure that is kills them but it certainly appears to slow them down. Many of the dead ones seem to be rather dicolored as well.

Bugs with fungi
We have quite a collection of fungi on bugs.
Now that I look at this image again. I think that it may be a good idea to post one of these two images or a closeup of the smaller beetle in the Typhaea page. We only have a handful of those and plenty of Asian ladybeetles. Moreover it would be very interesting to illustrate where such fungus beetle finds food, of all places.

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