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Subject: Identify; orchid garden bug
Location: Vietnam, SE Asia
November 16, 2016 11:12 pm
Can you help identify the bug in photo; I am an amateur orchid gardening grower and this is a new species of bug that has appeared.
Signature: David

Net-Winged Beetle

Net-Winged Beetle

Dear David,
This is a Net-Winged Beetle in the family Lycidae, and according to Delta:  “Lycid adults are commonly seen flying at dusk and may be found in flowers or on foliage. Some adults may be nectar-feeders, but others probably do not feed at all. Larvae occur under bark or in leaf litter; they are liquid feeders, but there is little reliable information on their diet.”  According to BugGuide:  “Adults eat nectar and honeydew. Larvae: Despite anecdotal reports of carnivory, most, if not all, feed on myxomycetes or metabolic products of fungi.”  This beetle will not harm your orchids and the larvae might be living in the bark you use to cultivate the orchids. 

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Subject: ?
Location: Atlantic county NJ
August 12, 2016 1:42 pm
Hello, I love in southern new Jersey by the shore. I keep finding more and more of these bugs on my raspberry bushes. I can’t seem to find them online and I don’t know if they’re beneficial or otherwise. Can you help?
Thanks!
Signature: Sunny

Mating Banded Net-Winged Beetles

Mating Banded Net-Winged Beetles

Dear Sunny,
You do not need to fret about the health of your raspberry bushes because of these Banded Net-Winged Beetles,
Calopteron reticulatum, because according to the genus page on BugGuide:  “adults take nectar; larvae prey on small arthropods under bark.”  According to Featured Creatures, the Banded Net-Winged Beetle is:  “commonly found resting on vegetation in moist woods throughout much of the eastern United States.”

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Subject: Soldier Beetle?
Location: Massachusetts
July 27, 2016 4:51 am
We just had a large hatch of these, and hope that they are not enemies of my garden.
Signature: Farmer Bob

Banded Net-Wing

Banded Net-Wing

Dear Farmer Bob,
We just finished posting an especially lurid image of a group of Banded Net-Wing beetles, also from Massachusetts.  According to the genus page on BugGuide:  “adults take nectar; larvae prey on small arthropods under bark”
which would make them a beneficial species in your garden.

Thanks Daniel!
I found a similar lurid scene atop my car this morning.
Bob

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Subject: What beetle
Location: Central MA
July 27, 2016 4:11 am
A friend thinks a costa Rican beetle I think they were showing off
Signature: Inazuma Hiro

Banded Net-Winged Beetle

Banded Net-Winged Beetle

Dear Inazuma,
In a sense, you and your friend are both correct.  These are Banded Net-Wing beetles,
Calopteron reticulatum, and based on this Alamy image, the species ranges as far south as at least Costa Rica.  You image depicts quite a mating frenzy.

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Subject: beetle
Location: Costa Rica
May 5, 2016 8:20 pm
i found this bug at envision it was love heart shape it was blue and yellow striped and it flies please identify this bug thanks.
Signature: Ryder

Net Winged Beetle

Net Winged Beetle

Dear Ryder,
Congratulations on recognizing that the Net Winged Beetle in the family Lycidae is actually a Beetle because it is frequently mistaken for a moth.  We suspect it might be the North American species
Calopteron reticulatum, the Banded Net Winged Beetle which is reported on BugGuide as being from Mexico as well.  Insects do not respect international borders.

Hi Daniel,
thank you for replying to my email, I’m so happy i know what it is now.
what a great job you have, i love bugs so much,and I’m living in Costa Rica and i also saw a peanut head moth it was so amazing to see there is so many amazing bugs there thanks.
Ryder

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Subject: Insect on the porch
Location: southern Indiana
March 24, 2016 1:27 pm
This insect seemed to curl the tail to propel itself forward. It was only 2.5 cm long. We found it on the front porch in southern Indiana at the end of March.
Signature: Oscar

Firefly Larva

Firefly Larva

Dear Oscar,
This is either a Firefly Larva or a Netwing Beetle Larva.

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