When: 2008-11-02

Collection location: Kinderhook Trail, Wayne National Forest, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available

We might need an entomologist to figure this one out.

I first saw the mounds of black nastiness on some small tree branches, and upon closer inspection I noticed the groups of little white bugs squirming around nearby.

I thought they were woolly aphids, but after getting home and looking at the photos, I think the white stuff is actually mycelium.

Seems like a pretty bad way to go!

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Recognized by sight: It is a sooty mold which is first buff then black. It grows on the exudate of the wooly aphids. It was featured last year in Tom Volk’s mushroom of the month.

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By: BS (Boonsom)
2010-05-29 09:10:55 CDT (-0500)

They eat aphids honey dew

By: BS (Boonsom)
2010-05-29 09:09:27 CDT (-0500)

They eat aphids honey dew

Cool fungi
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2008-11-04 17:06:48 CST (-0600)

Thanks for the ID Mycowalt!

This thing looked so demonic I interpreted it as eating the aphids. And I’ve never taken a close look at woolly aphids before, so I wasn’t sure thats what they were.

This article is amazing!

I wounder if it eats some of the aphids. Looks like maybe in the last photo.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-11-04 03:26:33 CST (-0600)