This particular Soft-Winged Flower Beetle has found a new home in the eastern part of North America after traveling across the ocean.
This red and black beetle may be more orange than red, and more dark green than black. The red color on the wing coverings crosses near the head, and two smaller spots are near the bottom edge. Legs vary in color per individual; some are black, some are orange, some are both colors. It does not bite or sting.
This non-native beetle is not a pest like other introduced beetle species. It does occasionally wander indoors, but does not infest homes or buildings. Like other summer bugs, it can be released outside.
Scientific Name: Anthocomus equestris
Other Name(s): Eurasion Red-and-Black Melyrid
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 15mm (0.35in to 0.59in)
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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.