This Borneo moth is infected by a Cordyceps fungus, probably Cordyceps tuberculata(?). The parasitic fungi grow through the host and first form a subiculum, from which aggregate fruiting bodies, so-called stromata, then grow. All Cordyceps species are parasitic on arthropods and form pale or brightly colored fruiting bodies with fleshy stromata.
The scientific classification of most Cordyceps is difficult, several species still need molecular genetic analysis to assign them clearly to the three splinter genera Cordyceps s. str., Elaphocordyceps and Ophiocordyceps.