Story: Fungi

Sooty mould

Sooty mould

Sooty moulds are common in New Zealand’s beech forests and mānuka scrublands. They are various species of fungi that grow on the sugary wastes (honeydew) excreted by scale insects. Sooty moulds form thick black coatings on the trunks, branches and leaves of infested trees. This thick sooty mould is growing on honeydew that has dripped onto rocks under a heavily infested beech tree.

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Peter Buchanan, 'Fungi - Saprobes: decomposers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11573/sooty-mould (accessed 26 August 2019)

Story by Peter Buchanan, published 24 Sep 2007