Parasitic fungus

Title Info
Common name Wasp; Fungus
Scientific name Hymenoptera; Fungae
Taxonomic group Insecta;
Level Order; Kingdom
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecological interactions Parasitism
Organisms Fungi; Animals
Animals Insects
Lessons Parasitism
Location Monteverde,Puntarenas,Costa Rica,North America

Parasitic fungus and its wasp victim, Costa Rica. In rainforests and cloud forests the conditions are warm and moist, perfect for fungi. It is common to see insects that have been parasitized and killed by a fungus. In this image, the white stringy material projecting from between the plates of the wasp's exoskeleton are all parts of a deadly fungus.