Pleasing fungus beetle
Usually found on the harder bracket fungi in the northern half of Florida. The range extends throughout much of the eastern United States west into Texas to Kansas. Also found in southern Ontario and Quebec.
Megalodacne heros range from 14-22mm (~1/2 to 7/8 in.) long. They have a distinctive orange and black coloration.
The beetles shown here were photographed on or near hemlock varnish shelf (Ganoderma tsugae) one of the bracket fungi which the Megalodacne genus are known to feed on.
For more information on pleasing fungus beetles in Florida visit this UF/IFAS Entomology & Nematology Featured Creatures page.
Megalodacne heros is a member of the Erotylidae - Pleasing Fungus Beetles family.
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Date record last modified: Feb 25, 2022