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  • Net-Winged Beetle - (Calopteron terminale)

    Net-Winged Beetle - (Calopteron terminale)

    The Net-Winged Beetle has fine texture on its soft wing covers, something not seen on many beetles.

    Picture of Net-Winged Beetle
    Staff Writer (6/18/2015): 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.

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    Net-Winged Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Net-Winged Beetle
    Scientific Name: Calopteron terminale

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Lycidae
           Genus: Calopteron
            Species: terminale

    Size (Adult, Length): 9mm to 18mm (0.35in to 0.71in)

    Identifying Colors: orange; black

    Additional Descriptors: bumpy, firefly, slow, flying

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