Lycidae

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Net-winged beetles
Metriorrhynchus rhipidius02.jpg
Metriorrhynchus rhipidius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Elateriformia
Superfamily: Elateroidea
Family: Lycidae
Laporte, 1836
Genera

Caenia
Calochromus
Calopteron
Dictyopterus
Duliticola
Eropterus
Leptoceletes
Lycus
Metriorrhynchus
Plateros
Porrostoma
Pyropterus
Sulabanus[1]
Trichalus

The Lycidae are a family in the beetle order Coleoptera, members of which are commonly called net-winged beetles.

Description[edit]

Beetles of this family are elongated and usually found on flowers or stems. Adults are about 10-15 mm in length, while females are a bit larger. The adults of some species are nectarivores, while some may have short adult lives during which they may not feed at all. The head is triangular and the antennae are long, thick, and serrated. Most of them are brick-red in colour. They are protected from predators by being toxic. The predaceous larvae grow under bark or in leaf litter.

Distribution[edit]

These beetles are found in Nearctic, Palearctic, Neotropical, Afrotropical, Oriental, and Australian ecoregions.[2] Calopteron discrepans is found in the Eastern United States from New England south to Florida.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Milan Dvorak & Ladislav Bocak 2007. Sulabanus gen. nov., a new genus of Lycidae (Coleoptera) from Sulawesi. Zootaxa 1611:1-24 [1]
  2. ^ Lawrence, J.F., Hastings, A.M., Dallwitz, M.J., Paine, T.A., and Zurcher, E.J. 2000 onwards. Elateriformia (Coleoptera): descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval for families and subfamilies. Version: 9 October 2005 [2]
  3. ^ Calopteron discrepans, banded net-winged beetle

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