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Old 01-28-2009   #11
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Great shots, have never seen an infection like that before. Thanks for posting the information as well.
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Hi Ken,

Excellent shots of that fungus. I've done quite a bit of mushroom photography, haven't seen that one around here, very cool! In the Planet Earth series, there's an excellent segment on Cordiceps, amazing organisms.

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Excellent captures and info Ken
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Looks like my first wife, Ken. Woof.

Nice photography, though!
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Excellent shots Ken

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Thanks to all that commented on the photo. Cordyceps infections are not easy to come across, well at least for me anyway, you have to really look hard to find or to come across infected insects. The infection as it is called "Summit Disease," causes the insects to climb well above ground, this enables the fungi to disperse its sproes more readily into the wind and so there is where one should look for them, usually at around eye level or in my case, 5.5' above ground.

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These are really intreresting photos. Where did you shoot them?
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They're great photos, but they really creep me out!
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These are really intreresting photos. Where did you shoot them?
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I found the infected insect in the woods beside my home, a small patch of deciduous woods with a small mix of conifers. The insect had attached itself to the twigs of a small Common Alder, I believe or maybe a small Beech tree but anyway it was about 6 feet above the ground, which is not an uncommon place to find such insects with the infection, as it is termed "Summit Disease." The fungi seems to take control over the insects CNS or Central Nervous System, compelling it to climb upwards on most any structure actually and then with its mandibles, clamp down at attach itself thereon. Then over a period of weeks, the spore bearing "stroma" of the fungi are produced, some generating from the back of the head, leg joints, body segments, or sometimes even through the chitinous exoskeleton of the host. Most speculate that the reason in gaining such an altitude above ground level, is so that the fungi will be able to better disperse its spores into the wind and thus ensure the distribution and continuance of the species.

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They're great photos, but they really creep me out!
It is quite unnerving...isn't it?

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