Beetle black & orange-yellow
August 12, 2009
Beetle same size and shape as a firefly. Black and orange-yellow carapice; black and yellow bars on body. Similar to a Cantharid beetle, but different color and pattern. Mating in August. Couldn’t find on internet or stock photo sites.
Detroit area, Michigan
These are mating Pennsylvania Leatherwings, Chauliognathus pensylvanicus, also called Goldenrod Soldier Beetles. They are a species of Soldier Beetle. Soldier Beetles, Fireflies and Click Beetles are all in the same superfamily Elateroidea which is why they resemble one another.