When people talk about fungi itís usually in the context of a tasty dish, or that fuzzy brown thing on your peach, but rarely ever are fungi referred to as deft, vicious killers. What you say? Killers? Well, fungal pathogens have long preyed on insects, claiming millions of victims yearly and all over the world. An array of pathogenic fungal genera can infect a broad range of insects [and spiders! --Ed.]. Once an insect has been exposed to spores, the developing fungus may induce behavioral responses in its host. These behavioral responses may result in improved spore dispersal and fungal fitness. But behavioral responses may also be defensive, ultimately benefiting the host. One of these responses is behavioral fever, in which insects raise their body temperature as a means of literally toasting a fungal invader.
Wow, what an interesting photo, and read! (did this guy possibly survive? )
Dammit, why is a dying victim of a brutal parasite so cute? This guy looks like a beetle version of Santa Claus! Really nice shot of this, too bad this poor beetle is doomed.
Cordyceps if I ever saw it,
It's a buny rabbit!! I love bunnies!
It's so..... hairy 0.0
Wow! I've not seen many instances of this but perhaps that is a good thing. wonderful shot my friend.
oh, poor guy! I guess, he can do nothing with it now, fungi covered it so tight((
Wow, nice find. Parasitic fungi are really interesting.
Pauvre p'tite bibitte!!!
Oh my... and I thought it was it's own kind of coverage :s I didn't know insects were endangered by fungi~
Haha This is cute!
A gruesome, but beautiful death. I didn't insects could actually defend themselves from infections!
I think that this insect is not going to make it. Poor guy.
That's fascinating, and disgusting.
That looks awful D:
poor longhorn beetle
Oh my O.O
owwwwww poor thing
Tx for great info
Tx for great info