These insects had swollen abdomens, that angled away from the substrate; wings spread latero-dorsally and raised above the abdomen, and conspicuous masses of glutinous hyphae and conidiophores
on the abdomen and thorax, similar to the wellknown fungus Entomophthora muscae (Cohn) Fres.
Identification was made using morphological characteristics of the pathogens (colony characteristics, conidiophores
, shape and septation of conidia and other structures) and comparison with appropriate literature.
23) All the lesions displayed cytologic evidence of aspergillosis, confirmed by the presence of branching, septate hyphae, conidiophores
, and spores, and were positive for Aspergillus species on culture.
Clusters of intercalary or terminal conidia were formed by sympodial growth from differentiated conidiophores
on both media.
Fungal isolates were readily identified by their characteristic morphology such as shape, size, colony morphology, nature of conidiophores
, sporangiospores, spores.
Microscopic examination revealed septate hyphae with lateral and terminal conidiophores
and chains of ovate conidia characteristic of Penicillium species.
A whitish, cotton-like material consisting of fungal hyphae and dusky black conidiophores
, together with epithelial debris and exudates, is the hallmark of this condition.
cystidiosus also produced conidiophores
bearing conidia at the apex (called synnemata or coremia by Miller ) (Table 3, Fig.
At the same time the mould, which comprises spore-bearing growths called conidiophores
, appears on the surface.