When: 2013-10-20

Collection location: Hendry Co., Florida, USA [Click for map]

Who: Benjamin Dion (benjamindion)

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found on citrus leaf in citrus grove by a friend of mine who is a Plant Quarantine Technician with the USDA

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-12-11 12:36:01 WIB (+0700)

your friend is probably referring to the anamorph Beauveria bassiana, a widespread bug pathogen. The teleomorph, recently discovered and described in the following paper:


looks nothing like this. The anamorph is decidedly different as well, as is every Beauveria species I know of. Those are characterized by dense, cottony, white mycelium protruding from breaks in the host exoskeleton. See images of Beauveria elsewhere on the site for examples of this.

By: Benjamin Dion (benjamindion)
2013-12-11 11:42:28 WIB (+0700)

No clue what type of fly, but my friend might know. They simply call this stuff “friendly fungi”, although they’re trained to spot over 400 pests and diseases…

C. bassiana is common in the groves here, so I don’t know what else it could be.


By: Byrain
2013-12-10 11:50:44 WIB (+0700)

Any ideas on the host?