This Carolina leaf-roller (Camptonotus carolinensis) has succumbed to an infection by a species of Cordyceps, a genus of entomopathogenic fungi. Cordyceps are well-known for inducing changes in insect behaviour, making them climb plants before they die. When the fruiting bodies burst forth from the insect, this high position helps spread the fungal spores to new victims.Photo by myriorama, via Electric Orchids and Titam et le Sirop d'Erable.
27 September 2011
The horror of Cordyceps
video narrated by David Attenborough). The fungus fascinates me.