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Entomophthora sp. (genus)

Puppeteer Fungus at Denman Prospect, ACT

Entomophthora sp. (genus) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 17 Jul 2020
Entomophthora sp. (genus) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 17 Jul 2020
Entomophthora sp. (genus) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 17 Jul 2020
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Entomophthora sp. (genus) 17 Jul 2020 MichaelMulvaney
Entomophthora muscae 17 Jul 2020 trevorpreston
Entomophthora muscae 17 Jul 2020 trevorpreston
Entomophthora sp. 17 Jul 2020 trevorpreston
Entomophthora sp. 17 Jul 2020 trevorpreston
Unidentified 17 Jul 2020 trevorpreston

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6 comments

   17 Jul 2020
This has the same fungal infection as the ones I found in Holt near Strathnairn.
   17 Jul 2020
I thought i had seen this somewhere before, it mustve been one of your photos. I shouldve put this in under Fungi instead of insects.
   17 Jul 2020
I have quite a few books on fungi but i cant find anything like this. Cordyceps is closest, but looks nothing like this as far as I can tell.
   17 Jul 2020
After a bit of internet searching Ive suggested Entomophthora sp. You can read a bit about them here.
https://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/flies-meet-gruesome-end-under-influence-of-puppeteer-fungus/
   17 Jul 2020
The comment I received from Ken was 'It is one of what is known as entomopathogenic fungi many of which occur in the orders Entomophthorales and Hypocreales. I suspect this a species of Entomophthora but I'm not familiar enough with these groups to be sure what you have found without examination under a compound microscope.' I was hoping to go back and find specimen to collect., but I don't drive and haven't gotten back there. Any chance you could find it again and collect a specimen for examination?
   17 Jul 2020
By the way, the fly was identified as Helina sp. (genus) and this looks like the same fly.

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Erina hyacinthina (Varied Dusky-blue) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 25 Sep 2021 by RobG1
Heterotextus sp. (A yellow saprophytic jelly fungi) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 5 Sep 2021 by RobG1
Nidula sp. (A bird's nest fungus) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 27 Aug 2021 by RobG1
Lomandra multiflora (Many-flowered Matrush) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 22 Aug 2021 by RobG1
Scolopendra laeta (Giant Centipede) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 30 May 2021 by tpreston
Thysanothecium scutellatum (A lichen) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 30 May 2021 by tpreston
Geophilomorpha sp. (order) (Earth or soil centipede) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 30 May 2021 by tpreston
Coltriciella dependens at Denman Prospect, ACT - 30 May 2021 by tpreston
Aulacocyclus edentulus (Passalid beetle) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 30 May 2021 by tpreston
Amata (genus) (Handmaiden Moth) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 13 Dec 2020 by Alice
Atrapsalta furcilla (Southern Mountain Squeaker) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 9 Dec 2020 by tpreston
Dichromodes estigmaria (Pale Grey Heath Moth) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 9 Dec 2020 by tpreston
Eurepa marginipennis (Mottled bush cricket) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 29 Sep 2020 by CathB
Eutrichopidia latinus (Yellow-banded Day-moth) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine
Callitris endlicheri (Black Cypress Pine) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 17 Jul 2020 by tpreston
Socca pustulosa (Knobbled Orbweaver) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 17 Jul 2020 by tpreston
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Lepiota s.l. at Denman Prospect, ACT - 29 Apr 2020 by AaronClausen
Coltricia sp. at Denman Prospect, ACT - 29 Apr 2020 by AaronClausen
Lepiota s.l. at Denman Prospect, ACT - 10 Apr 2020 by AaronClausen
Coltricia sp. at Denman Prospect, ACT - 10 Apr 2020 by AaronClausen
zz agaric (stem; gills white/cream) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 10 Apr 2020 by AaronClausen
Lepiota s.l. at Denman Prospect, ACT - 10 Apr 2020 by AaronClausen
Lichenomphalia chromacea (Yellow Navel) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 10 Apr 2020 by AaronClausen
Goodenia hederacea subsp. hederacea (Ivy Goodenia, Forest Goodenia) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 8 Apr 2020 by tpreston
Dichromodes disputata (Scaled Heath Moth) at Denman Prospect, ACT - 28 Sep 2019 by Christine

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Species information

  • Entomophthora sp. (genus) Scientific name
  • Puppeteer Fungus Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 17 Jul 2020 02:43 PM Recorded on
  • trevorpreston Recorded by

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  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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