Beetles in the Endomychidae (fungus beetles) family

Endomychidae family

There are 8 species of beetle in this family in Britain. They are all related to, and resemble ladybirds/ladybugs. The adults live on fungus, especially puff balls and moulds, and are found under bark or in fungi associated with trees.

Endomychus coccineus, fungus beetle, adult

Endomychus coccineus, the False ladybird above and below, is 4 - 6 mm long as an adult, but not as convex as a ladybird, and its antennae are different. It is fairly common in Britain, especially near woodlands and fungus-infested wood, giving it its common name, the Fungus beetle. The larva is brightly coloured and feeds on wood fungus.

Endomychus coccineus, the fungus beetle, adult

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