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Staphylinidae Beetle, Ontholestes cingulatus on Orange Mushroom
also called Gold-and-brown Rove Beetle
When I first saw this beetle, I thought it might be a firefly because of the shiny bits at the tail. The tail does not glow, though.
Among the interesting facts that I have read about this fascinating bug is that this bug hunts and kills flies. It likes to eat this decaying bright orange bioluminescent fungi.
“Males of the species O. cingulatus were shown to exhibit an adaptive mate-guarding behavior. The male O. cingulatus stays close to the female after copulation while she oviposits to avoid fertilization from other males (Alcock, 1991). If threatened, O.cingulatus will bring the tip of its abdomen in contact with the threat and release a chemical defense.” …"Excerpt from this link …
Photo taken in a hardwood forest in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, USA in Macon County near the small town of Franklin.
© Jean Gregory Evans
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS: 1/320s 100mm f/5.7 ISO-320
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