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Family Lycidae - Net-winged Beetles

Lycidae, pronotum - Erotides sculptilis BG2626 E5202 - Plateros Net-winged Beetle - Calopteron Plateros bispiculatus Green - Plateros bispiculatus - male Netwing Caenia amplicornis? - Caenia amplicornis - male black - Caenia sp-nova Caenia dimidiata Can this Calopteron sp. be identified to species based on this photo; C. discrepans or C. reticulatum?
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Lycidae (Net-winged Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Lycidae LaPorte 1836
see Lycus
ca. 80 spp. in ~20 genera in our area(1) · ~4600 spp. in 160 genera total(2)
Overview of our faunaTaxa not yet in the guide are marked (*)
Subfamily Lycinae
worldwide and throughout NA; much more diverse in warmer climes(1)
for many groups, typically woodlands
Adults eat nectar and honeydew. Larvae: Despite anecdotal reports of carnivory, most, if not all, feed on myxomycetes or metabolic products of fungi(1)
many spp. aggregate in one of their life stages(1)
See Also
Fireflies (Lampyridae)
Internet References
family overviews: adults(3) | larvae(4)
Chemoecology. Eisner, T. et al. Defensive Chemistry of Lycid Beetles and of Mimetic Cerambycid Beetles that Feed on Them.