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Chilocorus - Chilocorus stigma

Chilocorus - Chilocorus stigma
Victoria, Victoria County, Texas, USA
May 13, 2014
Size: 5 mm

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from Dr. Hughes
In response to my question as to whether this Laboulbeniales was the species Hesperomyces virescens:

"Yes, it's very likely to be virescens. There are actually many records of it on this species of beetle and it's cosmopolitan."

Moved from Lady Beetles.

Chilocorus stigma with Laboulbeniales fungus
I think this may be the first image of a Chilocorus sp. with Laboulbeniales fungus on BugGuide. I've sent the photo to Dr. Monica Hughes, who studies Laboulbeniales.

Do you still have the specimen?

Usually I release the insects in specially the Lady Bug. Recently I start to keep some insect to be send to entomologist. But I thought Chilocorus is pretty common and more I noticed on elytra some
like a fungus growth, and I don't keep it.

no problem
I should've commented sooner. If you do see any other Chilocorus with fungus, could you preserve them? Even a single specimen could be useful for research.

There might be more of them in the same area where you found this beetle. It's often spread by mating, and can move rapidly through a local population.

The location on the apical dorsum suggests that this is a female beetle; males tend to have the fungus on the venter.

Method of preservation, is the same, rubbing alcohol?

let me ask Dr. Hughes
I'm not sure what method best preserves the fungus. I'll ask her about that.

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