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  • Fire-Colored Beetle - (Dendroides spp.)

    Fire-Colored Beetle - (Dendroides spp.)

    Slow, yet elusive, Fire-Colored Beetles are content outside on flowers and plants where alarming colors may ward off predators.

    Picture of Fire-Colored Beetle
    Staff Writer (8/15/2017): Bright red, and in some species black, wings and head make this conspicuous beetle look harmful, but it is not. Not much is known about the life history and diet of many species in the Dendroides genus of Fire-Colored Beetles. Their larvae are believed to hide under rocks and in wood piles. Adults may appear indoors after hitching a ride on firewood as a juvenile. Adults have been seen on flowers. They may be attracted to lights.

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    Fire-Colored Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Fire-Colored Beetle
    Scientific Name: Dendroides spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Pyrochroidae
           Genus: Dendroides
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 9mm to 17mm (0.35in to 0.67in)

    Identifying Colors: red, black

    Additional Descriptors: red, eyes, sleek, flying, antennae, long

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; 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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