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Doomed Tachinid (Entomophthora muscae) This fly has been turned into a zombie. The white fluffy bands between the tergites are the pathogenic fungus Entomophthora muscae expressing itself. It forced the fly to climb to a high breezy location, raise it's wings and abdomen, then die.   Australia,Entomophthora muscae,Fungus,Geotagged,Spring,Tachinidae,pathogen Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Doomed Tachinid (Entomophthora muscae)

This fly has been turned into a zombie. The white fluffy bands between the tergites are the pathogenic fungus Entomophthora muscae expressing itself. It forced the fly to climb to a high breezy location, raise it's wings and abdomen, then die.

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  1. Super find Mark. Posted 7 days ago
    1. The subject was unusually cooperative Paul. Thanks. Posted 6 days ago, modified 6 days ago
      1. I understand Mark, as dead as a doornail. Posted 6 days ago
  2. Nice one! Posted 7 days ago
  3. Very interesting and actually I read about this one this morning. What a way to die. Posted 6 days ago
    1. I agree Ernst. I like to think the fungus also causes a loss of pain and self awareness.. ;-) Posted 6 days ago

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''Entomophthora muscae'' is a species of pathogenic fungus in the order Entomophthorales which causes a fatal disease in flies. It can cause epizootic outbreaks of disease in houseflies and has been investigated as a potential biological control agent.

Similar species: Entomophthorales
Species identified by Mark Ridgway
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By Mark Ridgway

Attribution Non-Commercial
Uploaded Oct 17, 2020. Captured Sep 28, 2020 13:26 in 190 Glenfern Rd, Lysterfield VIC 3156, Australia.
  • TG-6
  • f/13.0
  • 1/80s
  • ISO100
  • 14.62mm