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Entomopathogenics

This hawk moth (most likely a Violet Gliding Hawk Moth (Ambulyx liturata, Sphingidae)) has been parasitized by an Akanthomyces fungus (probably Akanthomyces pistillariiformis), a Cordyceps anamorph peculiar to moths.

After killing the moth, the fungus then totally engulfs and embalms the corpse producing this macabre sight. (An entomopathogenic fungus is a fungus that can act as a parasite of insects and kills or seriously disables them.)

Pu’er, Yunnan, China.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr. See more Chinese insects and spiders on my Flickr site HERE

Insect Correspondences

Spider – Connections, communication, raised awareness
Potato bug –  Protection,closure, seclusion
Beetle – Beauty, glamour, self esteem
Ant – Community, sacrifice, team building
Grasshopper – Movement, invisibility, speed
Bee – Strength, travel, success, bounty
Moth – Light, searching, journey, growth
Butterfly – Death, rebirth, beauty, humble beginnings
Fly – Greed, satisfaction, hunger
Cockroach – Survival, drive, fighting, stubbornness
Mosquito – Blood, reliance, self sufficiency
Lady bug – Charity, kindness, friendliness
Snail – Determination, slow growth, development