31 Aug '12, 4am

The Annotated Budak: Handsome Buggers by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Handsome Buggers by @budak

Fungus beetles can be reliably found by trails where damp suffuses the air and ample deadwood litters the forest floor, providing nourishment to the hyphae of basidiomycetous fungi, whose fruiting bodies in turn feed new generations of mycophagous insects. Two groups of beetles share this broad label: the pleasing hordes of Erotylidae and the handsome ranks of Endomychidae . Both families tend to be dull black and hairless, with reddish, yellow or orange markings, but pleasing fungus beetles are generally more streamlined in profile, with a convex body bearing striking zig-zag lines on the elytra. The most commonly encountered Endomychids are rather less elongate, even squat, and display variable sprinklings of spots or specks on their sclerotised forewings, which may also have broad margins that partially conceal the hindlegs.

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budak.blogs.com 27 Aug '12, 4am

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budak.blogs.com 27 Aug '12, 5pm

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budak.blogs.com 28 Aug '12, 11am

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budak.blogs.com 06 Sep '12, 6am

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budak.blogs.com 25 Aug '12, 1pm

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budak.blogs.com 23 Aug '12, 9am

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