Bug on Mushroom on down Oak Tree
Location: Memphis, TN
June 5, 2011 2:46 pm
These little critters are all over a downed oak tree in my yard. As you can see, the white part is mushrooms growing on the tree. The bugs are primarily on the mushrooms, but are on other part of the tree as well.
Signature: David Gordon
We believe these are Pleasing Fungus Beetles in the family Erotylidae (see BugGuide), but we cannot make out enough detail in your image to be certain. They most resemble the BugGuide images of Ischyrus quadripunctatus, but we cannot make out the identifying four spots in your photo.
Thank you so much. I didn’t really need a genus, I just really needed to make sure they weren’t “harmful” like ticks or something I needed to make an effort to get rid of them. If they are beetles, from what I understand, they are beneficial and I will leave them to live their lives in peace.
Thank you again,