Observation 56030: Cryptoporus volvatus (Peck) Shear

Displayed at the 2010 Oregon Mycological Show.

This curious fungus is responsible for the spread of the pine bark beetle infestation, at least in part. It provides within its chamber a place for the bark beetle to winter over, and become coated with spores, which it includes when injecting its eggs into the bark of damaged or stressed pine trees. The beetle larvae then proceed to create galleries under the bark of the tree. Should the beetle larvae girdle the tree underneath the bark, the tree can and often does die, ensuring the continued production of more Cryptoporus volvatus. Identification of this fungus is therefore a key for removing infected trees which likely harbor bark beetle larvae. It is possible that there exists a parasitic fungus that is specific to bark beetles. Hope someone finds it soon, and learns to cultivate it.

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