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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

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


Beetles of this family are elongated and usually found on flowers or stems. Adult males 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.


These beetles are cosmopolitan, being found in Nearctic, Palearctic, Neotropical, Afrotropical, Oriental, and Australian ecoregions.[1] Calopteron discrepans is found in the Eastern United States from New England south to Florida.[2]


These 97 genera belong to the family Lycidae:

Data sources: i = ITIS,[3] c = Catalogue of Life,[4] g = GBIF,[5] b =[6]



  1. ^ 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 [1]
  2. ^ Calopteron discrepans, banded net-winged beetle
  3. ^ "Lycidae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Browse Lycidae". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Lycidae". GBIF. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Lycidae Family Information". Retrieved 2018-04-22. 

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