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dead grasshoppers - Melanoplus differentialis - male

dead grasshoppers - Melanoplus differentialis - Male
Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Fulton County, Illinois, USA
August 19, 2008
Size: 1 1/2 inch

Judging by the date, and their posture,
they probably did die from fungal infection, as referred to in this other from the same batch.

My comment was not meant to imply that this grasshopper isn't a fungus victim, but only to agree that the whitish structures look like smartweed flowers, not related to the fungus.

They are flowers, and almost certainly smartweeds, genus Persicaria (aka Polygonum).

I hadn't looked closely at this image before, but that makes sense--from what I've seen, the fungus that attacks grasshoppers isn't externally conspicuous as the ones on flies etc. are.

This doesn't look like fungus
but rather flower parts with calyx and petals, etc.

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