The Reticulated Net-Winged Beetle is a common beetle thanks to its unpleasant taste to predators.
This beetle somewhat resembles a firefly with its head almost completely hidden. They have visible ridges on their soft wings and a network of 'veins' filling the space between those ridges. The bands of orange and black on the wings are wide. Their heads 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 or resting on various flowers and shrubs.
Eggs are laid on dead or decaying trees. Larvae hatch and hunt for small invertebrates like mites and maybe even 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): 10mm to 19mm (0.39in 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.