Banded Net-Winged Beetle

Discover the life and chemical defenses of the beetle, Calopteron reticulatum!

Welcome to the world of the Calopteron reticulatum!

Calopteron reticulatum, more commonly known as the Banded net-winged beetle, is a member of the family, Lycidae, and is found on dead, decomposing wood (Boca and Matsuda 2003) in both the boreal forest and tropical regions. These beetles have ended up in the backyards of many residences in the Northeastern United States and in rainforests in the tropics. For example in the United States, these beetles as mention on the Habitat page, have been found in Sutton, Massachusetts. These beetles can be identified specifically by their thick orange and black bands on their wings. If you take a closer look at these beetles and flip them over, like many beetles, insects and bugs, Calopteron reticulatum has a body that is constructed in segments. Additionally, their legs and their antennas are also segmented. Another aspect of these beetles is that they are able to fly. These beetles have two outside wings which are called Elytrons (Fore Wings), which are composed of chitin, a material consisting of complex proteins wound together (Arnett, Jr. 2000; 11-12), and two wings beneath the Elytrons, which are the hind wings (Maddison 2000).

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