Observation 71653: Eryniopsis caroliniana (Thaxt.) Humber
When: 2011-07-10
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Kathie T. Hodge co-authored the Eryniopsis paper mentioned above and ID’d both the insect and fungus. Thank you Kathie!
Eryniopsis caroliniana (Thaxter)Humber.
I found this insect about 8’ up a large dead birch tree in New Hampshire. It was easy to spot as it was attached to a large swath of a resupinate species of Phellinus which was a uniform rusty brown color. I was able to obtain the specimen and get it home to work up without smashing it.
The insect is a Tipula sp. and I think a female.

Species Lists


primary conidia in water mount from living collection
note the conidium with the appendage. I think this is a budding secondary conidium. Water mount from living collection.
I think the elongated structures are conidiophores. Water mount from living collection.

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Used references: Entomophthoreae of the United States by Roland Thaxter. Memoirs of the Boston Society of Natural History. (under Empusa caroliniana)1888 p167.
PCR-RFLP is used to investigate relations among species in the entomopathenogenic genera Eryniopsis and Entomophaga by Ann E. Hajek et al. Mycologia 95(2), 2003, pp.262-268
Based on microscopic features: conidia and conidiophores observed. Average of 10 conidia is 34.5 × 17 micrometers.

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Hey Jason
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-07-16 13:26:32 PDT (-0700)

off dung and onto insects! Hope the summer is treating you well.
Nice find. Are you venturing up to Maine?

Good job, Jason! The photos are nice.
By: Kathie Hodge (fungal)
2011-07-16 08:33:06 PDT (-0700)
very cool
By: Tom Bruns (pogon)
2011-07-16 07:59:38 PDT (-0700)

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