Observation 24926: Neuroptera

When: 2009-08-30

Collection location: Tunxis State Forest Hartland, Connecticut, USA [Click for map]

Who: Noah Siegel (Noah)

No specimen available

This was growing on a tomato that somebody brought to the CVMS walk last Sunday.
I don’t know if the mold and the stalked thingy (for lack of a better description)
are in some way connected but I’ll post them as separate observations.
it’s tiny, maybe 10mm tall. the second picture has the best close up of the “head”

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Recognized by sight: lacewing eggs

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Remind me of Lacewing eggs
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-12-14 19:36:44 UTC (+0000)
Thanks Kathie!
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-08-28 22:18:58 UTC (+0000)

Whenever I find moldy fruits (or moldy pork chops) I think of you.

I have see Tracks and Signs of Insects, I will check it out of the library tomorrow and see if I can find this.

Colletotrichum coccodes
By: Kathie Hodge (fungal)
2011-08-28 21:16:41 UTC (+0000)

The blemishes on the tomato are tomato anthracnose, caused by a fungus called Colletotrichum coccodes. The stalked thingy that belongs to Dr. Suess is an insect egg mass, I’m thinking. I don’t know any microfungi that look like that. Have you seen Charley Eiseman’s awesome book, Tracks and Signs of Insects? Someone should look in there—my copy’s still packed after my recent move.

Reminder News.
By: Kira (Kiradee)
2010-05-24 18:31:36 UTC (+0000)

Hah. I remember that headline. Pretty fabulous.

great juxtaposition of the weirdly sublime and the sensational!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-09-19 16:13:26 UTC (+0000)

thanks for that clever addendum, Noah.

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-09-19 09:56:14 UTC (+0000)

…it’s not necessary to bump it to the front; you can just send the direct link to the observation: http://www.mushroomobserver.org/24926

this is very cool
By: Tom Volk (TomVolk)
2009-09-19 02:03:36 UTC (+0000)

I do not recognize it, but I’m bumping it to the front so i can send the link to a mold expert once my ^&^&%*&^ email starts working again…

and micro-fungi at that!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-09-03 14:45:36 UTC (+0000)

amazing other-worldly sporangium/conidiaphore (list masters of the microfungi please step up with the proper name!) Noah! And the curve of your tomato looks like the red planet, Mars…love the little fungal hairs covering the surface, too…so much for cutting out the bad bits to make the rest of my fruit edible!

Volk told me that the mold fungi are completely invasive on their substrates (like in our seemingly only surface molded cheeses) but did i believe him? Nah, i hate to throw out “perfectly good food!” Thanks for those all-too-close macro-shots, Noah. I’ll be tossing a lot more fading produce and other former food products now. There goes the Viess-Rust budget…

(and that explains why my carefully trimmed peach still tasted suspiciously of mold. Speaking of which, love the band “Moldy Peaches”, too. Nice to see a nod to fungi even in the rock ’n roll world.)

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