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Killer Fungi by melvynyeo Killer Fungi by melvynyeo
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.

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:iconlindartz:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Wow, what an interesting photo, and read! (did this guy possibly survive? )
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step-fanny Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
woah! 
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
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. 
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Semperfize Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Cordyceps if I ever saw it,
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
.__. wtf
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cptundead Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
It's a buny rabbit!! I love bunnies!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
haha :)
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SpazzinCat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive mustache...
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Thanks! :)
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FREAKKATT Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so..... hairy 0.0
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
and Puffy :)
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xxXfishbonesXxx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student
Wow! I've not seen many instances of this but perhaps that is a good thing. wonderful shot my friend.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Thank you :)
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Theressa Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
oh, poor guy! I guess, he can do nothing with it now, fungi covered it so tight((
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
It's already dead when i photograph it :(
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pVVEN Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Wow, nice find. Parasitic fungi are really interesting.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Makapingo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Pauvre p'tite bibitte!!!=(
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Thanks! :)
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Artist
Oh my... and I thought it was it's own kind of coverage :s I didn't know insects were endangered by fungi~
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Fyi, [link]

:)
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artist
Wow, thanks, o-o that is quite creepy/interesting. Kind of reminds me of alien invasions.
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Samanth406 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha This is cute!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Haha... we called it Santa Claus Beetle
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Samanth406 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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rupted Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A gruesome, but beautiful death. I didn't insects could actually defend themselves from infections!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Terraqueous87 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think that this insect is not going to make it. Poor guy.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
It's already very dead! :)
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Terraqueous87 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
oh. Well that's why it's completely covered, then.
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torticoli Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
That's fascinating, and disgusting.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Winterous Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
That looks awful D:
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks! :)
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malaladanila Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Amazing!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks! :)
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efeline Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
poor longhorn beetle :(
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
indeed!
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Deformity Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks! :)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh my O.O
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks! :)
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
owwwwww poor thing
Tx for great info :w00t:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks! :)
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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