Lycidae

Pronunciation:  [LISS·i⋅dae]

Common Name:  Net-winged Beetles

Description:  The elytra of net-winged beetles are relatively soft and flexible.   They are marked by numerous ridges that represent an extensive network of longitudinal veins and cross veins.    In most species, the antennae are serrate (sawtoothed) and the elytra are brightly colored with bands of red, black, or yellow.     Adults are usually found on vegetation in woodlands where they feed on nectar and honeydew.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Soft, flexible elytra
  2. Veins and cross-veins form an extensive network of ridges on the elytra
  3. Antennae serrate (sawtoothed)
  4. Often brightly colored with red, orange, yellow, or black

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Order:  Coleoptera