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Hesperomyces virescens  Harmonia axyridis,Hesperomyces,Hesperomyces virescens,Laboulbeniales,nl: Aziatisch lieveheersbeestje Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

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  1. Arp, any backstory on the life cycle of this fungus? Posted 6 months ago
    1. Not much time but I'll dig up a PDF or two and add them to the references of the species description

      Here's one for starters:
      Haelewaters D, De Kesel A. (2017) De schimmel Hesperomyces virescens, een natuurlijke vijand van lieveheersbeestjes. Entomologische Berichten, vol.77(3), pp.106-118.
      Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
      1. P.S. Added some more (English also ;o) to the refs section
        Posted 6 months ago
  2. Awesome shots, Arp! I found this for the first time last summer!
    Hesperomyces virescens on Harmonia axyridis This ladybug has a parasitic fungus, Hesperomyces virescens, growing on its elytra. The fungus spreads during mating and through encounters with infected ladybugs; it can easily spread among ladybugs overwintering in groups. Despite the probable discomfort and sometimes impairments to movement, most infected ladybugs lead full and happy lives.<br />
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Habitat: Attracted to a light at night in a rural area. Beetle hangers,Geotagged,Harmonia axyridis,Hesperomyces,Hesperomyces virescens,Laboulbeniales,Summer,United States,fungus,ladybug with fungus,parasitic fungi

    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Yes, in fact, stumbeling on that one made me realize I could add some too, but only had these at hand on the laptop travelling with me in these nomadic months though ... Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
      1. I wish I had gotten more and better shots of the one I saw, but am glad you posted yours <3 Posted 6 months ago

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Hesperomyces virescens is a parasitic fungus on various species of ladybirds, lately most notably on Harmonia axyridis.

Similar species: Laboulbeniales
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded May 14, 2019.