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Photo#35726
Handsome fungus beetle with parasite eggs? - Lycoperdina ferruginea

Handsome fungus beetle with parasite eggs? - Lycoperdina ferruginea
Windham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
October 27, 2005
Size: 6 mm
Found on some plastic lumber left outside in mid-30 degrees F. I was eager to get this one under the camera lens because, while it looked superficially like a leaf beetle, I could see small antennal balls like no leaf beetle has. Under maginfication the fluted shape of pronotum made me suspect this was a hansome fungus beetle. The genus characteristic of the last two antennal segments being enlarged and laterally flattened (Dillons) was the cincher. This species is said to prefer Lycoperdon pyriforme mushrooms that grow on old fallen trees, hence their genus name.

Any ideas on what has festooned this beetle with eggs?

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