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Fungus Darkling Beetle - Diaperis maculata

Fungus Darkling Beetle - Diaperis maculata
Horner Park, Richmond Hill (N43º52'20.2"W079º24'45.6"elev.199m), York Region, Ontario, Canada
June 5, 2008
Size: 6.5 mm
Collected from a large, fresh Dryad Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) by the "conk-bonking" method. I was quite excited to see this flash of color drop down into the net, and here it's seen beside two common inhabitants of the same fungus patch. I nearly failed to shoot any of them alive, having returned home to find them gassed lifeless by their own chemical defenses. Somehow, almost all the beetles recovered (except for two Scaphidiinids and a random European weevil), and at the time of posting this image, nearly all were still alive and well in a piece of fungus I brought home with them.