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Subject:  Spider or Sea Creature?
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, NJ
Date: 07/30/2018
Time: 04:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel,
I was poking around my patch of common milkweed today and came across this most peculiar looking creature.   Looking at the enlarged image, I believe this is a spider.  What I am not sure of is if it has been parasitized or if this is some sort of disguise?  I’ve never seen anything like it and hoping you can shed some light on what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah Bifulco

Spider with Fungus Infection

Dear Deborah,
You are correct that this is a Spider and you are also correct that it has been parasitized.  This Spider has expired from a fungus infection like the individual in this BugGuide image and this BugGuide image. 

Thank you for the response and the links.  Interestingly, I found a second spider on the same milkweed that was also dead, but looked more like the photo in the first link.  I wonder if the milkweed plant is carrying something that affects the spiders.
Deborah Bifulco

While we would not rule it out entirely, our suspicion is that milkweed and the fungus are not related.

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Subject:  Is this spider poisonous
Geographic location of the bug:  Milton ny
Date: 12/02/2017
Time: 08:25 PM EDT
Found in the basement.  Wondering if it is dangerous to people
How you want your letter signed:  Mary e

Fungus Infested Cellar Spider

Dear Mary,
When it was alive, this Cellar Spider was not a threat to humans.  Like most Spiders, Cellar Spiders are venomous, but the bite is not considered a threat to humans.  This Cellar Spider is dead and being consumed by Fungus.  Cellar Spiders with Fungus Infestations are relatively common in our archives.

Thank you!
Quite an unusual image
When I put the photo in google images
Google identified it as some kind of light.
( does look like lightning)
Wondering if the mold that killed the spider is dangerous to humans..

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Subject:  What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Ohio -Cantwell Cliffs, Fall
Date: 09/11/2017
Time: 01:38 PM EDT
Hi, I came across this strange insect yesterday while hiking in the forest in southern Ohio. I’ve never seen anything like this insect before and I was wondering if anyone could identify it because I am so curious.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Alex

Bug dead from Fungus Attack

Dear Alex,
We are not certain what it was when it was alive, but it appears to have succumbed to a Fungus Attack.

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Subject: Nest on dead pin oak tree
Location: New Jersey, USA
April 12, 2017 3:06 am
I found this nest last night, April 11, 2017, on the north side of a dead pin Oak tree in my yard. It is about the size of my fist and appears to have something inside of the white outer coating /skin of the nest. What is it?
Signature: Betsy

Nest? or Fungus???

Dear Betsy,
Because of its size, we suspect this might be a Fungus and not a nest.  We will attempt to research this more.  This image on New Hampshire Garden Solutions looks similar.

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Subject: Bright pink eggs?
Location: KwaZulu-Natal
February 16, 2017 5:35 pm
Can the small bright pink bubbles be an egg of some kind. They appeared in my garden overnight. They were found above the soil. They appear to have areflectors tough but soft exterior with bright pink liquid centre. Comparable to a paintball bullet but small in size.
Signature: Jolene

Slime Mold

Hi Jolene,
In our opinion, this looks like fungus and not eggs.  We found this similar FlickR image and a link to this Slime Mold posting on the Field Guide to the Fungi of New England.  This FlickR image identifies the Slime Mold as
Lycogales epidendrum.  Based on iSpot, this Slime Mold, also called Pink Bubblegum Fungus, is found in South Africa.

Thank you so much for your help and clarification.
What an excellent response time and service.

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Subject: Two insects and Cordyceps
Location: Ecuador, Yasuni adjacent to Napo River
February 4, 2017 8:34 am
During January 2017 I was in the Yasuni area, adjacent to the Napo River of Ecuador. During the hours of darkness I was photographing the very small insect on the top of the plant that had been infected by the cordyceps fungus. When along flew the green insect and settled beside the dead one. Body size of the insect is about 2cm or 3/4 of an inch. Is the green insect an assassin bug and what type? Do you think both insects are the same? There had been a lot of rain at the time I was there. It was very hot and humid and low altitude.
Signature: Moira

Assassin Bug Nymph and Adult Assassin with Fungus Infection

Dear Moira,
Both insects in your stunning image are Assassin Bugs.  The one with the Fungus Infection is a winged adult and the other an immature, wingless nymph, but we cannot state for certain that they are the same species, but we believe that is a good possibility.  You indicated that the living one “flew” and we suspect you stated that incorrectly as it has no wings.  Again, you image is positively stunning.

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