Beetle from bracket fungus.
- Hi All
Found this 4-5mm long beetle inside bracket fungus alongside a wood
louse.I would appreciate an id even if only to family.
- Family Erotylidae; subfamily Triplacinae; genus Triplax; species
(probably) aenea. But seek a 2nd (and more expert) opinion on this!
Keith Alexander's report for EN describes Triplax aenea (Schaller)
as "usually associated with the fungus Pleurotus ostreatus
[i.e 'Oyster Fungus'] growing on trunks of broad-leaved trees" and
adds that it is "widespread in old wood pastures". All adults of
this family of beetles inhabit the fruiting bodies of bracket fungi.
T.aenea is the least uncommon of the four British members of the
genus and has the colourful metallic sheen of your specimen.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Harold Davies"
> Hi All
> Found this 4-5mm long beetle inside bracket fungus alongside a
> louse.I would appreciate an id even if only to family.
> link below
> Cheers Harry