minuscule caterpillar in gills of fungi any ideas please

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minuscule caterpillar in gills of fungi any ideas please

Post by NellyDee » Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:45 am

On laying a small fungus cap on paper to collect spores, some of these minuscule caterpillars fell out. They move just like inch worms do. Even on macro on my camera, I go a very small photo, so had to do zoom in on the computer. Any ideas please.
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Post by Chris Johnson » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:23 am

There are numerous larvae that feed on fungi, especially beetle larvae. It's a specialist field and with such an unclear image, I fear you won't get anywhere with this one.

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Post by adampembs » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:52 pm

Perhaps you could grow them until they hatch :D
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Post by NellyDee » Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:02 pm

Hey ho :) I thought so, just never seen an inch worm so small. Thanks

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Post by jimmymac2 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:10 pm

adampembs wrote:Perhaps you could grow them until they hatch :D
They've already hatched... They just need to pupate. I think this is a good idea though. You never know what might appear!
http://www.brc.ac.uk/psl/photo/rhagium-inquisitor
Always keep your eyes open... :shock:

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Post by NellyDee » Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:18 am

jimmymac2 wrote:
adampembs wrote:Perhaps you could grow them until they hatch :D
They've already hatched... They just need to pupate. I think this is a good idea though. You never know what might appear!
http://www.brc.ac.uk/psl/photo/rhagium-inquisitor
Think I will give it a go - I take it I just put a cap with them on into a box, maybe with a bit of dampness to keep cap fresh?

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Post by jimmymac2 » Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:43 am

Yes, and a bit of soil for them to pupate in. I would also add some leaf litter for them to eat in case they don't actually eat the fungus itself but only shelter inside of it.
Always keep your eyes open... :shock:

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Post by NellyDee » Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:32 pm

Thank you, will do:)

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Post by diggleken » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:30 pm

They are most likely Fungus gnats Nelly - impossible to ID at the best of times............... :o

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Re: minuscule caterpillar in gills of fungi any ideas please

Post by SteveMcBill » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:31 am

Nelly,

From your photo, although unclear, it does look as though it could be a lepidopterous larva. If it is it will be a micro-moth and probably one of these species (see here: http://www.northumberlandmoths.org.uk/f ... et%20fungi).

Hope that helps. Breeding it through is a good idea if you can manage it.

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Steve

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