Insect feeding on spores of a bracket fungus, Elfvingia applanata (Pers.) Karst. (Ganodermataceae, Aphyllophorales)

@article{Tuno1999InsectFO,
  title={Insect feeding on spores of a bracket fungus, Elfvingia applanata (Pers.) Karst. (Ganodermataceae, Aphyllophorales)},
  author={Nobuko Tuno},
  journal={Ecological Research},
  year={1999},
  volume={14},
  pages={97-103}
}
Insects visiting sporocarps of Elfvingia applanata, a wood-rotting bracket fungus, were examined in Kyoto, central Japan. Mycodrosophila flies (Drosophilidae: Diptera) were predominant and visited the spore-producing sporocarps exclusively. They were observed feeding on the spores, and a number of spores seemed to be alive even after having passed through insects’ digestive tracts. In addition, the insects attached a number of spores on their body surfaces. In a rearing experiment with insects… CONTINUE READING