The Reticulated Net-Winged Beetle is a common orange and black beetle with fine surface of ridges.
This orange and black beetle somewhat resembles a firefly, but it does not have bioluminescence. Its head almost completely hidden under an orange and black shield called the pronotum. It has textured ridges on the soft wings along with a network of veins filling the space between those ridges. The bands of orange and black on the wings are wide. The head and antennae are completely black. When threatened, adults open their wings.
Adults are active during the day, especially at dawn and dusk. They can be found in parks, gardens, meadows, fields and forests. They feed on the juices of decaying plants. Most often, they are seen either flying by people or resting on various flowers and shrubs. Eggs are laid on dead or decaying trees. Many females may find the same place to lay eggs, creating a large congregation of larvae on the tree once they all hatch. The offspring begin hunting for small invertebrates like mites and perhaps eat fungi in leaf litter or decaying wood. They pupate in the crevices of dead tree bark and emerge as adults.
Scientific Name: Calopteron reticulatum
Other Name(s): Banded Net-Wing Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 19mm (0.35in to 0.74in)
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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.