When: 2010-09-29

Collection location: Strouds Run State Park, Athens, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

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deargadaol (literally Devil’s beast)
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2010-09-29 19:40:49 CDT (-0500)

Nice bug ID Chris!

devil’s coach horse beetle
By: Chris Parrish (kitparrish)
2010-09-29 19:21:04 CDT (-0500)

Super photo, Dan. I think I recognize the beetle. It might be Staphylinus olens (= Ocypus olens), a staphylinid beetle introduced to the Americas from Europe. It is a predator and carrion eater, so likely wouldn’t bother the mushroom. It is large and dramatic, so there is a bit of folklore attached to it in Europe. There is a Wikipedia article about it under the title Devil’s coach horse beetle.