Bracket fungi look like saucers with gills underneath, and they grow on tree bark. This type of fungus is what Pleasing Fungus Beetle larvae use for food and development, tunneling into a mushroom that is stuck on wood. Adults are long and black with two bands that may be yellow or appear orange. The band near the head has irregular shaping, and the band near the rear end is bulky with jagged edges.
This beetle is nocturnal, hiding among foliage and wood during the day. It is not uncommon to see many in a group, huddled together under wood stacks and fallen trees. Because the host fungus is only found on trees in shady woods, look for this beetle in moist or humid areas in forests. Inspect a bracket mushroom cluster for them and perhaps nearby. Admiring their color and puzzle-piece pattern up close and in person makes it worth the effort.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.