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Subject: Orange and blk bug
Location: Long Island, ny
September 4, 2014 6:35 am
Hi bugman, I found a bug in my yard today and am curious to know the type and name of it. I am attaching a photo for you to review.
Thank you for your time,
Tina candela
Signature: Tina

Banded Net-Wing Beetle

Banded Net-Wing Beetle

Hi Tina,
This beautiful insect, though it looks more like a moth than a beetle, is a Banded Net-Wing Beetle.

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Subject: Net-Wing Beetle
Location: Oak Openings Region, Ohio
August 16, 2014 4:02 pm
Hello! Found this cute little guy today, thought I’d share.
Signature: Katy

Banded Net-Wing Beetle

Banded Net-Wing Beetle

Hi Katy,
Thanks for thinking of us.  We haven’t posted a new image of a Banded Net-Wing Beetle since last September.

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Subject: Beetle from Sumatra
Location: Gunung Kemiri, Aceh, Sumatra
June 19, 2014 12:11 am
Hello, can You help me with identification of these beetles? It was photopraphed in lower to middle montane rainforest in Gunung Leuser, north Sumatra. Thank You.
Signature: Vojtech Zavadil

Net-winged Beetle

Net-winged Beetle

Dear Vojtech,
Both of your beetles are Net-Winged Beetles in the family Lycidae, and we are pretty confident that they are different species.  Your images are both stunning.

Net-Winged Beetle

Net-Winged Beetle

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Subject: Strange bug
Location: Southern Kentucky
February 24, 2014 4:39 pm
We found this bug on our deck in southern Kentucky. I have never seen anything like it. It’s body was hard and had spikes on it but the head was snail/caterpillar like and could stretch out really far.When touched, it pulled it’s head in and played dead.
Signature: Stumped

Firefly or Netwinged Beetle Larva

Firefly or Net-Winged Beetle Larva

Dear Stumped,
This is either the larva of a Firefly (see BugGuide) or the larva of a Net-Winged Beetle (see BugGuide).  If it eats snails, according to Eric Eaton, it is a Firefly Larva, and if it eats fungus, it is a Net-Winged Beetle Larva.

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Subject: Identification of red insect
Location: Alabama
February 6, 2014 1:42 pm
Neighbor found this insect on her patio. What looks like honeycomb is actually a doormat. To me, it looks like a Lepidoptera (moth) but I can’t see enough of the head to make out the antenna form. Also can’t see the wings on the metathorax. I would appreciate any help or suggestions that you can give me. In the meantime, I will continue to research the internet. Thank you.
Signature: Don

Net Winged Beetle

Net Winged Beetle

Thank you for your prompt response. I continued looking and I now believe that it is a Net Winged beetle. If I had been able to see the head, the antennae would have pointed me to the Coleoptera rather than the Lepidoptera.
“Net-winged beetles (family Lycidae), any of some 2,800 species of soft-bodied, brightly coloured, predominately tropical beetles (insect order Coleoptera) whose wing covers, or elytra, are broader at the tip than at the base and are characterized by a raised network of lines, or veins. The adults feed either on plant juices or on other insects and can easily be seen as they fly slowly between plants or crawl on flowers . The bold colouring of orange and black or blue probably warns predators of their acidic, burning taste. Larvae feed on wet rotting wood and are often found in high numbers.”
Don

Hi Don,
We apologize for the delay.  For some reason, there was a glitch in our email delivery and submissions were being delayed several days.  We agree that this is a Net Winged Beetle in the genus
Dictyoptera, and it is most likely the Golden Net Wing, Dictyoptera aurora.  Of the four species listed on BugGuide, only two are reported from Alabama, including the Golden Net Winged Beetle.  The other, Dictyoptera munda, is represented by a single mounted specimen on BugGuide, but the thorax lacks the dark markings.

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Subject: red velvety winged bug
Location: Singapore
November 27, 2013 2:10 am
This bug flew into the office one day and is now our office pet. We have no idea what to feed it. Just trying with wet tissue and yeast paste. Thanks for helping!
Signature: Jacs

Net-Winged Beetle

Net-Winged Beetle

Dear Jacs,
This is a Net-Winged Beetle in the family Lycidae, and 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.”  Though you may desire to keep this lovely beetle in captivity, we feel it would be better to release it back into the wild to fend for itself.  We are unable to provide a species identification at this time.

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