Beauveria bassiana

This fungus grows in soils and will parasitise various insects. When the spores come in contact with an insect they will germinate, penetrate the cuticle and then grow inside the insect. Within days the insect dies and a white mould appears on the insect’s exterior.

A Green Cockchafer beetle (Clorochiton longicornis) - another victim of the Beauveria bassiana fungus.

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Cicada - dead but still clinging to a branch - killed by Beauveria bassiana. (No, this photo is not upside down!)

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