May I request some advice on posting (and receiving IDs) related to the fungi that use arthropods as their host organisms…I’m thinking I have a handful of these but I never know how to identify them to attract the ideal IDers. Oftentimes IDers overlook them if they are identified by the host species, but placing them in the Kingdom Fungi including lichens doesn’t usually catch the eye of experts in those types of fungi.
In this case I knew the host organism (so I identified it as Apheloria virginiensis), thankfully someone came along who informed me about the fungus and so I was later able to duplicate the observation and identify it properly using that individual’s prior identification (of the fungus).
However, in these cases, I am not 100% certain these caterpillars died of a fungus nor am I confident in the identification of them! So, I posted in the Butterflies and Moths, but the “insect destroyer” fungus IDers will never see them…
And this one, while I know it is a salt marsh moth, I feel confident it suffered from a fungal infection but since I don’t know what the fungus is…I don’t feel very confident placing it in the Fungi including lichens Kingdom (thus frustrating the fungus people with an image of a caterpillar).
This is an example of an organism I cannot identify in any way, but I am pretty certain the fungus is Cordyceps. As for the host?!?
This is another one I literally guessed at; I hate guessing…so I guess that’s why I am asking for some advice on this issue. I don’t want to place an organism in a category where it will frustrate expert IDers, but I also don’t want it to get lost in a Kingdom or Order where it just sits unidentified.
Note: I am not a scientist. So, more than likely I will not know the species of host organism or fungi. In most cases I can identify at least the Kingdom or Order. Essentially, I’m asking for advice on how to post such observations so the experts in arthropod-related fungi are most likely to see them.