Net-Winged Beetle (Calopteron terminale)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Net-Winged Beetle.
Updated: 6/18/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Net-Winged Beetle has fine texture on its soft wing covers, something not seen on many beetles.
This beetle resembles the firefly, like its close cousin C. reticulatum, but the ridges and net-like pattern of veins on their wings place them in the Lycidae family. They are sometimes mistaken as fireflies (though they do not glow).Their elytra (wing covering) is mostly orange with a thick black band covering the lower part.
Adults seen usually at sundown either resting on flowers and other vegetation or flying. They are slow in flight. When threatened, adults open and lift their wings as a defensive warning.
Larvae hunt for small invertebrates and perhaps even fungi in leaf litter or decaying wood on the forest floor.