Subject: red velvety winged bug
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!
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.