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I am assuming that these are different forms of nosema.
I was skimming through an "Organic" gardening book and noticed a section on the use of Nosema Lucustae to control grasshoppers and crickets. It infects their guts and kills them.

I wouldn't be surprised that even if they are different - that some contamination with the honey bee type is occurring, being so closely associated.


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You have a good question.
There should be some species immunity involved between honey bees and the insects that you mentioned. But, that's up to the laws of nature.
Her's some information on Nosema:
Members of the genus Nosema also afflict other species of insects, e.g. Nosema vespula (European wasps), Nosema oulemae (cereal leaf beetle), Nosema trichoplusiae (moth Trichoplusia ni), Nosema furnacalis (Ostrinia furnacalis), Nosema necatrix (cutworm moth Mythimna unipuncta) and Nosema pyrrhocoridis (Firebug).

The mark craze (Pébrine disease), caused by Nosema bombycis, is one of the most important parasitic diseases of the silk moth.

Other pathogens similar to Nosema sp. cause diseases in mammals. In veterinary practice the term “Nosema” is sometimes used to refer to Encephalitozoonosis, a disease common in rabbits, in which the brain is infected with the intracellular parasitic microsporidian Encephalitozoon cuniculi. The term arises from the fact that encephalitozoon (other kinds afflict humans) were formerly classified as members of the genus Nosema.

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