Saturday, December 25, 2010

Common split gill with bonus beetle

Common split gill with beetle


I was poking along in the woods on a chilly mid-November morning, found a stick with a bunch of little white bracket fungi on it, turned it over and found this surprise—a little beetle (Seven-spotted Lady Beetle, Coccinella septempunctata), taking refuge on the underside of a Schizophyllum commune.

When I viewed it full-screen, there was another surprise—there’s actually a tiny bug on the beetle! On the bigger black spot, that little tan thing. Jan. 17 edit: the tiny bug on the beetle is a springtail, a Collembola--those things are everywhere.

Schizophyllum commune
Whoo! I love me some Schizophyllum commune.

The big central one is about an inch across.

Those aren’t gills, it is a folded pore surface that looks like gills.


  1. you put that beetle there. still a great find though!

  2. Yeah, right, I put it there, and then I positioned the tiny one ON it with tweezers.

    Not only did I NOT put it there, it was hanging on the mushroom UPSIDE-DOWN. The only thing that would have made it better was if I was tiny enough to have gotten underneath it and taken a picture from THAT angle.