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  • Banded Net-Winged Beetle - (Calopteron discrepens)

    Banded Net-Winged Beetle - (Calopteron discrepens)

    Intricately textured wings of the orange and black Banded Net-winged Beetle resemble the nets used by fisherman.

    Staff Writer (9/21/2017): Active in the daytime and at sundown, Banded Net-Winged Beetles are commonly spotted resting on flowers or leaves. They flare their elytra (wing covering) and wings open in a possible attempt to scare off a threat. Bold orange and black bands color the elytra. A slender line of black also runs the midline of the otherwise orange pronotum ('collar').

    Their pupae are less colorful. Brown and covered in ridges, the wingless juveniles have white extensions coming out their sides which makes them look similar to chubby centipedes. They are often grouped together on trees and stems in overlapping masses. They contain a chemical that makes them taste unpleasant to potential predators.

    Look for adults and pupae on or near areas with rotting logs and trees though adults are frequent visitors of flowers, too.

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    Banded Net-Winged Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Banded Net-Winged Beetle
    Scientific Name: Calopteron discrepens

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Lycidae
           Genus: Calopteron
            Species: discrepens

    Size (Adult, Length): 9mm to 19mm (0.35in to 0.75in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, black

    Additional Descriptors: lines, bands, texture, ridges, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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