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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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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61552/ophiocordyceps_sp._on_a_beetle_larva.html Geotagged,Spring,United States,fungi,fungus,ophiocordyceps" /></a></figure> Geotagged,Spring,United States Click/tap to enlarge

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/61552/ophiocordyceps_sp._on_a_beetle_larva.html Geotagged,Spring,United States,fungi,fungus,ophiocordyceps

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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/5.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm