Sugar icing fungus (18/31)

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Sugar icing fungus (Beauvieria bassiana) on a chafer beetle (Stethaspis suturalis). The fungus infects the beetle while it is still alive, and when the insect finally succumbs it grows out through gaps in its exoskeleton.

Scientific name
Beauvieria bassiana
Common names
sugar icing fungus
Location
Te Urewera National Park, New Zealand
Photo ID
6854