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Red-banded Fungus Beetle

Megalodacne fasciata (Fabricius)

Family Erotylidae, Subfamily Megalodacninae

Mill Creek Nature Center
Buford, Gwinnett Co., Georgia
August 27, 2004  (Troy Bartlett)

Range: Eastern North America, to east Texas.

Habitat: Bottomland hardwood forests (Warriner et al, 2004)

Larval Hosts: Larvae feed in bracket fungi (Ganoderma spp.) - Warriner et al, 2004

Similar Species: Two species of Megalodacne occur in the eastern United States, both reach Texas.

Megalodacne fasciata (Fabricius)
Megalodacne heros (Say)


Pleasing Fungus Beetles of North America Family Erotylidae - Paul E. Skelley 
         Megalodacne Crotch 1873

The Pleasing Fungus Beetles (Coleoptera: Erotylidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Joseph V. McHugh & Floyd W. Shockley
    Megalodacne heros (Say 1823) - Joseph V. McHugh

Pleasing Fungus Beetles - Paul E. Skelley


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McHugh, J.V., C.J. Marshall & F.L. Fawcett. 1997. A study of adult morphology in Megalodacne heros (Say) (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). Transactions, American Entomological Society.123(4): 167-223.

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Skelley, P.E. & J.V. McHugh. 2002. Erotylidae. Pp. 348-353. In: Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P.E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 861 pp.

Warriner, M.D., T.E. Nebeker, S.A. Tucker, & T.L. Schiefer. 2004. Comparison of Saproxylic Beetle (Coleoptera) Assemblages in Upland Hardwood and Bottomland Hardwood Forests. Pp. 150-153. in: Spetich, M. A., (editor). Upland oak ecology symposium: history, current conditions, and sustainability. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–73. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 311 p.

White, R.E. 1983. A Field Guide to the Beetles of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 368 pp.

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