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Net Winged Beetle

Lycus sp.


Small to medium sized (6-25mm), orange and black, soft-bodied beetles. The head is almost entirely hidden by the pronotum and the elytra are sometimes broadly expanded and these species look like seeds.


Adults are active by day and occur on various plants and grasses and also feed on nectar. The larvae live in decaying wood and possibly feed on fungi. The orange and black colouration is mimicked by various insects as these animals contain cantharadin and are distasteful to birds and other predators.

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chantel.minnaar 11 years ago

Thank you for your help :)

RicardoBayshark 11 years ago

This is beetle Coleoptera : Lycidae

Spotted by

Mogale City Local Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 6, 2011
Submitted on Mar 16, 2011

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