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Family Lycidae - Net-winged Beetles

Congregation on Mesquite catkins - Lucaina Net-Winged Beetle - Calopteron terminale Unidentified Beetle larva Net-winged beetle - Plateros Scorpionfly - Lycus loripes banded net-winged beetle - Calopteron reticulatum Net-winged Beetle - Calopteron terminale another Calopteron species?
Classification
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)
Pronunciation
LY-kid-ee
Explanation of Names
Lycidae LaPorte 1836
see Lycus
Numbers
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 (*)
Family LYCIDAE
Subfamily Lycinae
Range
worldwide and throughout NA; much more diverse in warmer climes(1)
Habitat
for many groups, typically woodlands
Food
Adults eat nectar and honeydew. Larvae: Despite anecdotal reports of carnivory, most, if not all, feed on myxomycetes or metabolic products of fungi(1)
Remarks
Many spp. aggregate in one of their life stages(1)
Many are unpalatable to predators due to ingesting toxic chemicals. They present aposematic colors that advertise their toxicity.(Chemoecology. Defensive Chemistry of Lycid Beetles and of Mimetic Cerambycid Beetles that Feed on Them)
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.