Saw this post on Twitter today. A fulgoridae from Australia from John White Wildlife!
— John White Wildlife (@JWhiteWildlife) February 13, 2016
People get foot fungus, and insects get fungal infections too.
A paper was published in 2015 about this topic, and specifically fungi that attack some Fulgoridae.
Authors: Tatiana I. Sanjuan, Ana E. Franco-Molano, Ryan M. Kepler, Joseph W. Spatafora, Javier Tabima, Aída M. Vasco-Palacios, Silvia Restrepo
Paper name: Five new species of entomopathogenic fungi from the Amazon and evolution of neotropical Ophiocordyceps
Publication: Fungal Biology, Volume 119, Issue 10, October 2015, Pages 901–916.
The neotropical biogeographic zone is a ‘hot spot’ of global biodiversity, especially for insects. Fungal pathogens of insects appear to track this diversity. However, the integration of this unique component of fungal diversity into molecular phylogenetic analyses remains sparse. The entomopathogenic fungal genus Ophiocordyceps is species rich in this region with the first descriptions dating to the early nineteenth century. In this study, material from various ecosystems throughout Colombia and Ecuador was examined. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of five nuclear loci including SSU, LSU, TEF, RPB1, and RPB2 were conducted alongside a morphological evaluation. Thirty-five specimens were examined representing fifteen different species of Ophiocordyceps, and five new species, Ophiocordyceps blattarioides, Ophiocordyceps tiputini, Ophiocordyceps araracuarensis, Ophiocordyceps fulgoromorphila, and Ophiocordyceps evansii, were described. An accurate identification of the host allowed us to conclude that host identity and host habitat are positively correlated with phylogenetic species of Ophiocordyceps and are probably strong drivers for speciation of neotropical entomopathogenic fungi.
Fulgoridae of Nicaragua Stamps.
Features: Fulgora laternaria, Acraephia perspicillata, Pterodictya reticularis, Phrictus quinquepartitus, Copidocephala guttata, and Odontoptera carrenoi.
These are four hoppers and one cicada from my personal collection.
The cicada is the insect at the extreme right. It is a Callogaeana festiva festiva (Fabricius, 1803).
Working on IDs for the rest.
Insect Rivals of the Rainbow, Plate VIII from National Geographic magazine circa July 1929. This plate features cicadas, plant & frog hoppers.
Featured on the plate:
#4 Fulgora maculata Olivier, 1791
#5 Chinese Candle Fly, Fulgora candelaria (Linné, 1758)
#6 Panama Lantern-fly, Phrictus tripunctata Wisherd & Murayama, 1929
#8 Duck Billed Lantern-fly, Fulgora samarana Baker 1925
I have this one on the wall of my office. Insect Rivals of the Rainbow, Plate VII from National Geographic magazine circa July 1929. This plate features cicadas, plant & frog hoppers.
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Featured on the plate:
#2 Indian Lantern Fly, Saiva cardinalis (Butler, 1874).
#3 Asiatic Lantern Fly, aka Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White, 1845)
#5 Mexican Lantern Fly, Enchophora stillifera (Stål, 1862)
#7 Philippine Lantern Fly, Aphana astraea Stål, 1864
#8 Philippine Frog-hopper, Gynopygoplax theora (White, 1845)
#10 Brazilian Frog-hopper, Tomaspis furcata (Germar, 1821)
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