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   CaliforniaMama  Wednesday Jul 17 02:37 AM

July 16, 2013 - Shrooms Extraordinaire

Czech Earthstar

Malay Moth Eater

Toothed Mushroom

Czech Earthstar and Malay Moth Eater courtesy of the Flying Kiwi.

Toothed Mushroom courtesy of William Vann EduPic Graphical Resource.

SPUCK  Wednesday Jul 17 04:54 AM

WOW. That's pretty amazing fungus.

Clodfobble  Wednesday Jul 17 08:42 AM

Paging classicman...

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jul 17 11:12 AM

The Malay Moth Eater...

Believe it or not, this is another moth, though not in as good condition as the previous two!

This one has become infected with a fungus, which has eventually taken over the whole insect, finally producing the fruiting bodies you see here, one sticking out from the head and others looking just like little pins holding the moth to the leaf.

This sort of thing is relatively common in the tropics, and in fact different species of fungi specialize in parasitizing different insects.

Ants which show signs of fungal infection will be carried by their colleagues far away from the nest, to prevent the spores from spreading throughout the colony.

orthodoc  Wednesday Jul 17 09:25 PM

The horror ...

Big Sarge  Thursday Jul 18 07:23 AM

Originally Posted by orthodoc View Post
The horror ...
reminds me of what was growing in our socks and underwear when we were at camp hit for 2 months without a shower and had barely enough water to drink. that's where we invented the camp hit cocktail so you could sleep even though things were crawling all over you.

hard to believe, but those were the best days of my life

SPUCK  Thursday Jul 18 07:28 AM


You want a detailed horror story that's just like this fungus read:

The Vang: The Military Form
by Stross.

It's a really deliciously chilling SciFi book about something similar to the poor moth above. I read it 25 years ago and still remember all the details.

The Vang @ Amazon

CaliforniaMama  Saturday Jul 20 05:11 PM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Thanks for posting that. I had meant to include it, but then got in a hurry and forgot until I posted it, but then I didn't have time to go back and add it in.

I worked all week at Girl Scout Day Camp. It was only 9-3, but I do not see how working parents can run life AND kids AND kids' activities AND be decent to each other! I realize my abilities for the above are already impaired because of my disabilities, but still . . .

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