pigment; sample

Sample of dried caterpillars, used as a tattooing pigment. Three whole caterpillars, plus a broken piece of a body. The caterpillars were infected with an endoparasitoid fungus, probably a species of Cordyceps. One of the caterpillars still has the fungal fruiting body (ascocarp) protruding from its head, and there is also a detached length of ascocarp in the sample.

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