When: 2011-06-14

Collection location: Las Casas de la Selva, Patillas, Puerto Rico, USA [Click for map]

Who: patty (patty)

No specimen available

Species Lists


Proposed Names

31% (2)
Used references: Wheeler, Quentin and Meredith Blackwell. 1984. Fungus-Insect Relationships: Perspectives in Ecology and Evolution. Columbia University Press, New York, NY. 514p.
57% (1)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: A cordycep which preys on wasps observed from PR on the genus Polistes. I have only seen the club-like form in its sexual reproductive stage, but perhaps this its asexual morphology.

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By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-01-24 05:13:48 CST (-0500)

on Pompilidae

ref: SD Gaimari, CDFA

the fuzzy stuff
By: patty (patty)
2011-06-14 22:31:51 CDT (-0400)

yes, I think the fuzzy stuff is fungus…. I’ve never before seen this wasp with white fuzz coming out of all it’s joints. Although no certain fruiting body, unless the little ball like lumps on the face are. I’ll look at it closer tomorrow…

By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-06-14 21:40:10 CDT (-0400)

What is the actual fungus area you are pointing out? The fuzzy stuff? I might be missing the obvious.

Thanks for your posting of Xylocoremium flabelliforme. I happened upon it this week here in NY, and wouldnt have known what it was unless you posted it.

By: vjp
2011-06-14 19:30:00 CDT (-0400)

Very cool!