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Cordyceps tuberculata - closeup, La Isla Escondida, Colombia A cordyceps fungi growing out of a moth. I&#039;ll post it in the Cordyceps FB group to see if I can get an ID.<br />
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Cordyceps tuberculata - closeup, La Isla Escondida, Colombia

A cordyceps fungi growing out of a moth. I'll post it in the Cordyceps FB group to see if I can get an ID.

Cordyceps tuberculata on moth, La Isla Escondida, Colombia A cordyceps fungi growing out of a moth. I'll post it in the Cordyceps FB group to see if I can get an ID.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/72481/cordyceps_on_moth_-_closeup_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html  Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Cordyceps tuberculata,Dwarf Caterpillar Club,Fall,Geotagged,La Isla Escondida,Putumayo,South America,World

    comments (6)

  1. That's wild! Posted 2 years ago
    1. It takes a lot to get you from "cute!" to "that's wild!". I finally did it :) Posted 2 years ago
      1. Haha! Posted 2 years ago
  2. Today's Facebook post (written by Lisa):
    Cordyceps tuberculata is a fungal pathogen in the Cordycipitaceae family which is known to parasitize several species of moths (the Lepidoptera). It is colloquially referred to as The Zombie Fungus and The Dwarf Caterpillar Club fungus.

    Like other species in the Cordycipitaceae family, C. tuberculata's ultimate goal is to infect, proliferate, and efficiently broadcast its spores in order to infect new hosts. After a moth is initially infected, the mycelium of the fungus begins to expand within the moth's tissues, eventually hijacking its behavior in order to fulfill the its own reproductive objectives. As a result, most infected moths are driven to climb to higher vantage points before ultimately succumbing to the infection and dying. Upon the moth's death, Cordyceps tuberculata finishes digesting the moth's innards. Finally, fruiting bodies erupt from the moth's corpse, ejecting spores into the wind. Deceased specimens are often found in elevated locations like leaves or branches. As you can see in the photos below, the end result is disturbing but beautiful.

    {Photos by JungleDragon moderator, Lisa Kimmerling, and administrator, Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon #Cordyceps #Cordycepstuberculata #zombiefungus

    Check out more observations from the Cordycipitaceae family here:
    https://www.jungledragon.com/.../hypocreales/cordycipitaceae

    Also, here is a frightfully wonderful list worth visiting by Christine Young: https://www.jungledragon.com/.../pestilence_in_nature.html

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted 8 months ago
  3. gross scary awesome ???? Posted 8 months ago
    1. Yes, all of those :) Posted 8 months ago

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Cordyceps tuberculata, the Dwarf Caterpillar Club, is a parasitic fungus in the Cordyceps genus.

Similar species: Hypocreales
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jan 10, 2019. Captured Oct 20, 2018 18:01 in Orito, Putumayo, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm