Nature will have its say

I guess this is a food blog’s equivalent to posting an image of moldy bread…

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Bombus rufocinctus worker.


Instead of discarding this moldy specimen, I decided to give it some recognition. The hyphae of the fungus was very cobwebby, enough to provide some resistance when I pulled the pinned specimen from the tray. The pale-yellow dots look like sporangia, which means it may have already infected the other specimens. This bee will stay out of the tray, and I’ve added a canister of silica gel in the hope that lowering the humidity will stop the spread of the mold.

This is a focus stacked image made with 41 photographs, assembled with Zerene Stacker.

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  1. Gary Anweiler 25 March, 2015 at 8:59 AM #

    Unlike Leps, bumblebees are pretty bulky…. a lot of mass to dry out before storing in a dark sealed container !.

    • Adrian 25 March, 2015 at 9:15 AM #

      And this was just a small worker…I imagine a big queen would need a lot more drying time. I took two bees out earlier that were starting to show the white ‘webbing’, but none of the little sporangium-like structures. Could be filamentous bacteria too. Hopefully, someone who recognizes it will chime in.

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