Observation 89233: “Deuteromycota” R.T. Moore
When: 2010-08-31
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This caterpillar was found attached to a stem in a garden. It was uncertain as to whether this was caused by a fungus or by a virus or a bacterium.

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it’s a dead bug
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-09-06 03:03:57 CDT (-0500)

and it’s covered in fungus, but not the sort that would have been responsible for its death. the fungus is some sort of mold, either Zygomycetous or Ascomycetous (difficult to tell w/out microscopy). furthermore, I see no stroma(ta) indicating a Cordyceps-like infection as the cause of death. I’d say your caterpillar died of… something, and then became lunch for some mold.

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