Mycetophagus quadripustulatus

    Description

    Length 5 or 6 mm. A dark blackish beetle with four large oval orange spots. It has a red head and black pronotum.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Associated with fungi especially the bracket fungus Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle).

    When to see it

    Spring and early summer are peak times.

    Life History

    The larvae are fungus feeders.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent throughout England north to mid Yorkshire and with scattered records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 63 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map