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.
Scientific Name: Dendroides spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 17mm (0.35in to 0.66in)
Colors: red, black
Descriptors: red, eyes, sleek, flying, antennae, long
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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.