Cordyceps - like fungus

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  1. Pistilwhipped

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    On my way to work, stopped in a wooded area to relieve myself before showing up at the jobsite and nearly 'watered' this little fella'. I will attempt to culture the fungus - for fun and posterity.

    It appears to be a caterpillar that has clamped down on the spruce twig with its rear legs and flexed up and back as if in an offensive posture. I will attempt to confirm this while getting some tissue cultures going. My thought is the mouth pieces will be the most likely to survive the fungal onslaught, so I will start looking there.

    Edit: mouth pieces = two words
     

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    GGTBod One chance at life and this is it so lap it up Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    Cool mad fungi, remember reading about a strain of them making zombie insects

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    Those are some great photos Bod.
     
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    GGTBod One chance at life and this is it so lap it up Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    There are loads out there now back when I read about it there were two pictures both credited to David Attenborough, one was an ant with a single fruit body and the other was a moth with about 200 tiny fruits on it, the cordyceps basically collonises the insect and then makes it go to the highest point it can before it fruits and spores, the ants were removing the infected and taking them far from the colony, was fascinating.

    Made me think about those beautiful but totally lethal to mammals fungi, maybe they just got a bit sick of waiting for organic matter to die naturally and tried to manipulate the game in favour of more meat on the menu directly by looking beautiful and exotic and often very like a real edible species
     
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