Red winged Beetle?
May 24, 2010
I am not sure if this is a fly or a beetle as it does have wings, that are red. Can you tell em what this bug is?
Edmonton Alberta Canada
We spent about twenty minutes browsing the tribes and genera and species of Ground Beetles in the family Carabidae on BugGuide to no avail. We need assistance in the proper identification of your unknown Ground Beetle. Our best guess is that it may be in the subfamily Carabinae, also represented on BugGuide.
Correction thanks to Eric Eaton
Ok, well, maybe that is because it is not a ground beetle 🙂 The image, a very nice one, is of a “Scarlet Malachite Beetle” :
Thanks for sharing, regardless of whether you recognized it!
Ed. Note: This Scarlet Malachite Beetle represents a new family for us, the Soft Winged Flower Beetles in the family Melyridae, which is profiled on BugGuide which indicates they feed upon: “chiefly insects but food preferences vary; adults evidently feed on flower-visiting insects and pollen, larvae are primarily predators of other insects.“