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.
Scientific Name: Calopteron terminale
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 18mm (0.35in to 0.70in)
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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.