Day 4 of the hunt for the Inonotus obliquus fruiting body.
Pisgah Woods

Checking dead birch with peeling bark.  Here part of the bark fell off and there is some yellow fungus on trunk.  Slime?

Close-up of slime.  Could be Dog-vomit Slime?

Taking more bark off, I discover a large beetle about 1.5" long.

And a slug with distinct coloration.