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Spotted Pleasant Fungus Beetle

Aegithus burmeisteri


I found no common name other than that applied to the family Erotylidae. This beetle is relatively small measuring less than 2 cm. The elytra is a pale yellow liberally spotted with black dots in no particular pattern. Some of the spots even overlap or run together. The pronotum is black as are the legs.


Although these beetles are generally found on the jungle floor searching for fungus, they also feed on plant matter. This one was 2 meters off the ground feeding on a Papaya plant (Carica sp). As the Papaya grows the trunk is scarred where leaves and fruit fall off. It was in one of those scars that this beetle was found, blending in perfectly with the other scars. I nearly missed him as he blended in so well.This was at an altitude of 300 masl in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador near the Peruvian border.


Some species in the Erotylidae family are significant pests, however most, including this one, are inoffensive animals of little significance to mankind. There is more about the interesting Familia Erotylidae family here (in Spanish)

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Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.74, Long: -77.19

Spotted on Jul 21, 2011
Submitted on Mar 16, 2019

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