There were a pair of exotic insects creeping along the stems of the lemon tree last week – or so I thought. On closer inspection it proved to be something sadder:
I’m pretty sure these are bugs that have been infected with a cruel yet beautiful fungus, which one I do not know. There seem to be a lot of fungi that infect various animals and insects; in fact there’s research being done in the use of fungi to control unwanted pests.
It was sad to see these two little critters, though. Such an infection doesn’t end well for the host, as you might imagine. And while it’s hard to tell exactly who is under the disease, I suspect they are small bees – and we need all the bees we have.