Kōrero: Cicadas

Lethal fungus (1 o 2)

Lethal fungus

While cicada nymphs are living in the soil they may become infected with a parasitic fungus such as this one, Isaria sinclairii. The fungus feeds on the nymph’s insides until it completely fills its body cavity. It then sends a stalk up to the surface and grows the spore-bearing structure seen here. The powdery spores fall to the ground ready to infect other cicada nymphs.

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Kaimai Bush
Photograph by Shirley Kerr

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John Marris, 'Cicadas - Life cycle and enemies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/11013/lethal-fungus (accessed 1 July 2022)

He kōrero nā John Marris, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007