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  • Reticulated Netwinged Beetle - (Calopteron reticulatum)

    Reticulated Netwinged Beetle - (Calopteron reticulatum)

    The Reticulated Net-Winged Beetle is a common beetle thanks to its unpleasant taste to predators.

    Picture of Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
    Staff Writer (9/18/2017): 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.

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    Reticulated Netwinged Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Reticulated Netwinged Beetle
    Scientific Name: Calopteron reticulatum
    Other Names: Banded Net-Wing Beetle

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 19mm (0.39in to 0.75in)

    Identifying Colors: black; orange

    Additional Descriptors: flying, veins, bands

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; 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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