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

Lycidae is 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-lived adult lives during which they may not feed at all. The head is triangular and the antennae are long, thick, and serrate. 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]

Found in the Eastern United States from New England all the way South to Florida. [2]

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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]

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