Collection location: Rock Creek Trail, Tahoe National Forest, Nevada Co., California, USA [Click for map]
A common mold which eats aphids.
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Apparently another realm of fungal taxonomy: the black sooty molds cover several genera and are often specialists. Perhaps someone in a pathology lab knows the specific species. This is a ubiquitous mold growing off of aphid honeydew on and near Calocedrus decurrens all over the Sierra Nevada.
or this mold is created by aphids like Scorias sp? Nonetheless, very interesting on the bark.