L-section through part of a Septobasidium colony

 

Immediately to the left is a young scale insect that is walking on top of the basidiospores. It may stay with the colony, join another colony or if another colony is absent, a new one will form from the spores that are on its body.

 

Further within the colony, directly to the left of the text, is a section through a scale insect that is in a chamber. This insect has numerous haustoria, from the fungus, in its body and is immobile.

 

Just below the parasitized insect is the host plant. A suctorial tube has been inserted into the host by the insect and it is obtaining nutrients from the host plant.

 

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