|End Band Net-Wing Beetle |
Family Lycidae - Net-winged Beetles
Live adult beetles photographed at Ogle County, Illinois, USA. Size ~18mm Beetles Index
Retracted elytra reveal the huge membraneous flying wings. This beetle is a strong, but slow, lumbering flier.
Beetles in the family Lycidae are commonly called net-winged beetles, after the (fractal) netlike embossed pattern in the elytra. Adults in the family range from 3 - 80 mm. Mostly concentrated in the tropics, the net-wings range worldwide with about 3500 species in 6 subfamilies.
Little is known about the egg-laying habits of the Calopteron genus, but the gregarious larvae aggregate prior to pupation, resulting in shingled masses of pupariums. Larvae live in rotten wood, soil and leaf litter, and under loose tree bark. Net-wings are not considered an agricultural pest and cause little if any damage to living plants.
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