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Calopteron terminale

Calopteron terminale
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
September 9, 2006
On native lespedeza at Chesapeake Natives production site.

Moved from Net-winged Beetles.

Moved from End Band Net-wing.
Reasons: Pronotum predominantly red, wider than in any Calopteron, elytra with much less pronounced reticulation.
Probably belongs in another genus, superficially similar due to Muellerian mimicry.

Muellarian mimicry
Prompted by Boris' comment on mimicry, I googled and found this website
that discusses how both the beetle, Calopteron terminale, and the moth, Pyromorpha dimidiata, are toxic if eaten, and therefore their shared coloration benefits both species. A third species, the moth Lycomorpha, shares the coloration but not the toxicity. Thanks everybody, for working toward an accurate identification of the beetle in the picture.

Not a moth, a beetle
see Calopteron terminale. Nice shot!

yes, it's safe to move it to the sp. page

Not clear what species we think
this now is??

Calopteron terminale

If you compare the
pronotum of beetles in several images that are already placed here, then this one fits right in. Several others have more black and seem narrower. Maybe Joe Cicero could take a look.

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