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dead fly with fungus

dead fly with fungus
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
August 17, 2008
I'm never certain when I see a fly dead with fungus if the fungus was the cause of death or a post mortem invader.

Added to Forum topic:
DRAFT: Parasitic fungi

Fungus-ridden Flies

Thank you Carmen, interesting information.

Mark, Thanks. I've added this to the forum page.

I would have to guess...
... that this fly was killed by the fungus directly, given the way it's clinging to the plant. This apparently aids in the dispersal of spores.

Fungus attack page...
There is a forum topic where people are compiling shots like this one of entomopathogenic fungi. This would be an excellent addition!

I found a very similar fly to this one.


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