This small beetle is often found on flowers in spring where it feeds on nectar and pollen from the blooms. Its long antennae are one of the few giveaways that this is not an ant. Most of its other features lead insects and animals to think otherwise. The small size is typical of a larger ant. The head size and shape also resembles that of larger, solider ants. Like ants, it walks all over flowers, but unlike them, this beetle can fly. Its movement copies that of a fast-moving ant, and both of its color forms (black or red) are commonly seen among ant species. A white pattern on the elytra (wing coverings) is the same on both versions. It looks like an upside-down V sitting on a white triangle. Another unique feature are the knob-like bumps sitting on each 'shoulder', almost like warts.
The larvae, or grubs, for this species feed on dead wood, so they pose no threat to forests and living trees. They can be found feeding on all sorts of dead hardwood trees like maple, pine, plum, oak, dogwood, elm, and redbud. Adults are found in the spring, as early as flowers can bloom, in forests and their neighboring habitats.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.