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Fire-colored Beetle (Dendroides spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Fire-colored Beetle



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Slow, yet elusive, Fire-Colored Beetles are content outside on flowers and plants where alarming colors may ward off predators.



Updated: 03/23/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The bright red wings and head make this conspicuous beetle look harmful, but it is not. Large, round black eyes sit at the sides of the head. Long segmented antennae are also red. Despite its classic alarm coloration, the Fire-Colored Beetle is not a threat to people. It does not bite, sting or spray caustic chemicals. Not much is known about the life history and diet of many species in the Dendroides genus of Fire-Colored Beetles. Their larvae are believed to hide under rocks and in wood piles. Adults may appear indoors after hitching a ride on firewood as a juvenile. Adults have been seen on flowers. They may be attracted to lights. As showy as they are, more research is still needed on Fire-Colored Beetles.



General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Pyrochroidae
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          Genus: Dendroides
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Dendroides spp.
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 17mm (0.35" to 0.66")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: red, black
Descriptors: red, eyes, sleek, flying, antennae, long
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 9mm (0.4in) and 17mm (0.7in)
Lo: 9mm
Md: 13mm
Hi: 17mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Fire-colored Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Fire-colored Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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