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Katydid covered in fungus, Andasibe, Madagascar This looks to be a dead katydid/cricket entirely covered in some fungus. Possibly a cordyceps:<br />
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Another suggestion: Beauveria<br />
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Pretty weird, as is expected on a Christant path (only 3 people in the world get that reference).<br />
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/25035328041<br />
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Another suggestion: Beauveria<br />
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Pretty weird, as is expected on a Christant path (only 3 people in the world get that reference).<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86492/katydid_covered_in_fungus_andasibe_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Beauveria bassiana,Christant Path,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,World" /></a></figure> Africa,Andasibe,Beauveria bassiana,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Katydid covered in fungus, Andasibe, Madagascar

This looks to be a dead katydid/cricket entirely covered in some fungus. Possibly a cordyceps:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/25035328041

Another suggestion: Beauveria

Pretty weird, as is expected on a Christant path (only 3 people in the world get that reference).

Katydid covered in fungus - closeup, Andasibe, Madagascar This looks to be a dead katydid/cricket entirely covered in some fungus. Possibly a cordyceps:<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforests/25035328041<br />
<br />
Another suggestion: Beauveria<br />
<br />
Pretty weird, as is expected on a Christant path (only 3 people in the world get that reference).<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86492/katydid_covered_in_fungus_andasibe_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Beauveria bassiana,Christant Path,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,World

    comments (11)

  1. Really cool find! And, found on the world-famous Christant path, yessss!

    It looks a lot like Beauveria bassiana to me.
    Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
    1. Thank you, Beauveria was also suggested on FB, will go with that!

      It's going to be a small tag, but I will only put weird things in it. Weird is my brand:

      6Christant Path
      Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
      1. Great! While in grad school, I had to infect insects with B. bassiana and it was so sad to watch them become engulfed in the fungus, but yet completely fascinating.

        Love the tag and that it will be full of delightful weirdos!
        Posted one year ago
        1. Thanks you, but full in this case would be a handful of photos, this hike did not produce a whole lot. Posted one year ago
          1. Well, that's expected. Weirdos are uncommon and unique, even on the Christant Path. Posted one year ago
            1. Plus about 75% of time walking it, I was stuck. Posted one year ago
              1. Getting stuck is part of trailblazing, As are spider webs in your face, especially if you are 10 feet tall. You’re not done with the photos from this hike yet, are you? I thought there was a fancy spider from your travel report that you photographed here? Posted one year ago
                1. Hah great memory you have. You're right, not done yet, but almost. Had wanted to upload the rest earlier, but crazy week. Posted one year ago
                  1. Something for me to anticipate :) Posted one year ago
                    1. Mirror spider - side view, Andasibe, Madagascar My first mirror spider! (Genus: Thwaitesia. I only once saw these online from a famous macro photographer from Singapore. They are much smaller than I expected and quite tricky to get entirely into focus. <br />
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They are called mirror spiders due to the reflective plates on their abdomen. This one surely is in the genus Thwaitesia. Some candidates known to occur in Madagascar:<br />
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- Thwaitesia argenteosquamata (Lenz, 1891) (Madagascar)<br />
- Thwaitesia pulcherrima Butler, 1882 (Madagascar)<br />
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Not certain of the species yet, documentation is very limited.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86557/mirror_spider_-_front_andasibe_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86558/mirror_spider_-_closeup_andasibe_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World
                      Posted one year ago
                      1. Yay!! Posted one year ago

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''Beauveria bassiana'' is a fungus that grows naturally in soils throughout the world and acts as a parasite on various arthropod species, causing white muscardine disease; it thus belongs to the entomopathogenic fungi. It is being used as a biological insecticide to control a number of pests such as termites, thrips, whiteflies, aphids and different beetles. Its use in the control of bedbugs and malaria-transmitting mosquitos is under investigation.

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

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Uploaded Nov 12, 2019. Captured Jul 19, 2019 12:33.
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