Fire-Colored Beetle (Dendroides spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Fire-Colored Beetle.
Updated: 3/21/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Slow, yet elusive, Fire-Colored Beetles are content outside on flowers and plants where alarming colors may ward off predators.
The bright red wings and head make this conspicuous beetle look harmful, but it is not. Large, round black eyes sit at the sides of the head. Long segmented antennae are also red. Despite its classic alarm coloration, the Fire-Colored Beetle is not a threat to people. It does not bite, sting or spray caustic chemicals. 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. As showy as they are, more research is still needed on Fire-Colored Beetles.