Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Pleasing Fungus Beetle Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Pleasing Fungus Beetle
  • Order Name: Coleoptera
  • Family Name: Erotylidae

Beetles represent the largest Order of insects, containing over 250,000 described species. Beetle groups include tiger beetles, ground beetles, water beetles, whirligig beetles, fungus beetles, rove beetles, stag beetles, scarab beetles, wood-boring beetles, click beetles, fireflies, dermestids, ladybird beetles, darkling beetles, longhorn beetles, blister beetles, leaf beetles, weevils and many others.

Beetles are the most diverse and numerous group of insects. This particular group feeds on fungus and often displays striking red or yellow coloration. Beetle carried profound symbolism for the Egyptian civilizations who worshipped the scarab beetles. They associated this beetle’s subterranean larval existence and above ground adult life with the rising and setting sun. In fact, mummies represented the beetle larva preparing for a reincarnation into the next world.