Reticulated net-winged beetle, Calopteron reticulatum (Fabricius) (Lycidae)

By Ashly Robertson

Reticulated net-winged beetle, Calopteron reticulatum (Fabricius). © 2012, A.V. Evans

The reticulated net-winged beetle, Calopteron reticulatum (Fabricius) (9-18 mm) are  soft-bodied, distinctly orange and black, and are widest near the tips of their wing covers (elytra). The underside of the thorax is black with a distinct reddish-brown patch. Adults are found resting on vegetation, flying, or on flowers feeding on nectar in fields and forests during the summer. The larvae eat fungi and may also prey on small invertebrates. This species is widespread in Virginia and they are found in eastern North America to Mexico. Also known as the banded net-winged beetle.

Evans, A.V., 2007. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects & Spiders of North America. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY.

Banded net-winged beetle, Calopteron reticulatumhttp://bugguide.net/node/view/8195 (accessed 9 July 2012)

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