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Ophiocordyceps sp. on a Beetle Larva Yet another Ophiocordyceps on a beetle larva! My third find in a couple of weeks, so I&#039;m a happy girl! <br />
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Pushing up through leaf litter below large oaks, ashes, and hickory trees in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. June 12, 2018.<br />
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Ophiocordyceps is a genus of ascomycetes that parasitize arthropods.:) This genus is best known for its ability to turn insects into &quot;zombies.&quot; I&#039;m not sure the exact mechanism that this species takes, but I know several within this genus manipulate insect behaviors to ensure optimal spore dispersal.<br />
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UPDATE: <br />
It has been brought to my attention that this is likely a different Ophiocordyceps species altogether! North American species have not been studied extensively, so my specimens need further study (possibly sequencing) to get any further! I am working on contacting some experts on the matter, and I will keep you all apprised.<br />
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Pushing up through leaf litter below large oaks, ashes, and hickory trees in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. June 12, 2018.<br />
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Ophiocordyceps is a genus of ascomycetes that parasitize arthropods.:) This genus is best known for its ability to turn insects into &quot;zombies.&quot; I&#039;m not sure the exact mechanism that this species takes, but I know several within this genus manipulate insect behaviors to ensure optimal spore dispersal.<br />
<br />
UPDATE: <br />
It has been brought to my attention that this is likely a different Ophiocordyceps species altogether! North American species have not been studied extensively, so my specimens need further study (possibly sequencing) to get any further! I am working on contacting some experts on the matter, and I will keep you all apprised.<br />
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Ophiocordyceps sp. on a Beetle Larva

Yet another Ophiocordyceps on a beetle larva! My third find in a couple of weeks, so I'm a happy girl!

Pushing up through leaf litter below large oaks, ashes, and hickory trees in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. June 12, 2018.

Ophiocordyceps is a genus of ascomycetes that parasitize arthropods.:) This genus is best known for its ability to turn insects into "zombies." I'm not sure the exact mechanism that this species takes, but I know several within this genus manipulate insect behaviors to ensure optimal spore dispersal.

UPDATE:
It has been brought to my attention that this is likely a different Ophiocordyceps species altogether! North American species have not been studied extensively, so my specimens need further study (possibly sequencing) to get any further! I am working on contacting some experts on the matter, and I will keep you all apprised.

Ophiocordyceps sp. on a Beetle Larva Yet another Ophiocordyceps on a beetle larva! My third find in a couple of weeks, so I'm a happy girl! <br />
<br />
Pushing up through leaf litter below large oaks, ashes, and hickory trees in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. June 12, 2018.<br />
<br />
Ophiocordyceps is a genus of ascomycetes that parasitize arthropods.:) This genus is best known for its ability to turn insects into "zombies." I'm not sure the exact mechanism that this species takes, but I know several within this genus manipulate insect behaviors to ensure optimal spore dispersal.<br />
<br />
UPDATE: <br />
It has been brought to my attention that this is likely a different Ophiocordyceps species altogether! North American species have not been studied extensively, so my specimens need further study (possibly sequencing) to get any further! I am working on contacting some experts on the matter, and I will keep you all apprised.<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61551/ophiocordyceps_sp._on_a_beetle_larva.html Geotagged,Spring,United States

    comments (8)

  1. Lucky girl!! And, it looks like it has spores (or mold?) Posted 6 months ago
    1. Yes! I wasn't sure if an additional mold was forming there? or if spores had dropped down? I'm pretty sure spores drop from the top structure, so I just don't know! Posted 6 months ago
  2. Spectacular find, Lisa! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thank you! Now if I can just get someone interested in sequencing one of my specimens! Posted 6 months ago
      1. Really hope you find someone! Posted 6 months ago
  3. Well done. So many aren't willing to dig them out here (maybe because they are often up to a metre deep) :D Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks! I'm excited with finding so many within a short time!

      On which host(s)? These were only around a maximum of 15 cm below the soil/leaf litter.
      Posted 6 months ago
      1. I'm thinking particularly about some of our Hepialidae (eg. Cordyceps gunnii specialises on Oxycanus sp. and found under acacia) Unfortunately if they don't get dug out the ID remains suspect. 8-]
        Check out these http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/4817
        Posted 6 months ago

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Uploaded Jun 13, 2018. Captured Jun 12, 2018 05:00 in 2557 US-411, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/4.5
  • 1/160s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm