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Nature's Little Shop of Horrors..... | by John Horstman (itchydogimages, SINOBUG)
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Nature's Little Shop of Horrors.....

A new moth species? No. This Hawk Moth (Sphingidae) has been parasitized by an Akanthomyces fungus, a Cordyceps anamorph peculiar to moths (ID courtesy of tsanjuan) until it caused it's demise (seemingly during a normal resting period) and totally consuming and mummifying the corpse.

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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Taken on December 12, 2011