Subject: ID of a red bug
Geographic location of the bug: Pt Reyes National Seashore, Marin Co., California
Time: 03:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We found 3 of these hanging out on Douglas Fir limbs on a very chilly day recently (02/19/2019). They reminded us a little of fireflies in the manner in which they opened their wings, but we thought that they couldn’t be. They have such strange shaped heads with what seems like very ornamental head gear.
How you want your letter signed: Eliezer Margolis and Sunny Balsam
Dear Eliezer and Sunny,
This is a Net-Winged Beetle, Dictyopterus simplicipes, which we identified on BugGuide, and you were astute to recognize the similarity to Fireflies as the two families are closely related.