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Bolitophagus corticola

Bolitophagus corticola
Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia, USA
October 9, 2005
Size: 8mm
Found in a shelf fungus growing on Black Locust. I have seen forked fungus beetles (Bolitotherus spp.) everywhere around here, but never one of these little guys, they are about half the size. The Key to Florida Bolitophaginae lists only one species for this genus.

Does anyone know how to tell males and females apart? They don't have any horns.

Your beetle has a white neighbor:

You can certainly see the close kinship with Bolitotherus cornutus. The shape of the head is almost exactly the same! Nice find.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

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