Mycetophagus piceus

    Description

    Length about 5 mm. This beetle has dark brown or blackish elytra marked with almost a full orange band near pronotal base and other smaller orange markings. It has a black head, and dark reddish pronotum.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It is found under fungus infected bark and in bracket fungi on broad leaved timber and is believed to be restricted to old woodland.

    When to see it

    Best from April to September.

    UK Status

    Widespread but local fungus beetle recorded in England and Wales, and also in South West Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 11 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map