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What Is This Growth? - Harmonia axyridis

What Is This Growth? - Harmonia axyridis
Montrose, Laurens County, Georgia, USA
November 15, 2009
What is this green growth on the back of the lady beetle? It is on many others as well. Fungal growth?


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Jon, if you think that's wild, you must check out Charley's entire article on arthropod pathogenic fungi. The spider photos freak me out the most...

Take a look at...
...this and read the comments :)

Now, that was
really wild, man! Seriously, though, it looks like I should keep an eye on this situation. I haven't seen any small beetles hanging around the Harmonia beetles, so I suspect this year's crop will die out over the winter. Unless there is something else at work, here. Maybe these guys have a different "lawn mower" to keep the fungus down to manageable levels? Thanks for the link, Ron.

could be eggs of a parasitoid wasp?

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