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Reticulated Netwinged Beetle (Calopteron reticulatum)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Reticulated Netwinged Beetle

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The Reticulated Net-Winged Beetle is a common orange and black beetle with fine surface of ridges.

Updated: 07/09/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

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: Lycidae
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          Genus: Calopteron
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            Species: reticulatum
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Calopteron reticulatum
Other Name(s): Banded Net-Wing Beetle
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 19mm (0.35" to 0.74")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; orange
Descriptors: flying, veins, bands

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 9mm (0.4in) and 19mm (0.7in)
Lo: 9mm
Md: 14mm
Hi: 19mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Reticulated Netwinged 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 Reticulated Netwinged Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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