Banded Net-Winged Beetle

Interesting beetle facts

After the Calopteron reticulatum larvae hatches, as it grows, it protects itself with the poisonous chemicals it has in its body segments (Boca and Matsuda 2003; Grzimek 2004: 319)

In a study done by Miller (1998), when a C. reticulatum larvae was placed near a snail, the snail crawled upon the larvae head for which the larvae proceeded to attack and eat the snail.

Although there is mimicry with the Lycidae family, a Lepidoptera moth known as the Syntomid, mimics Calopteron reticulatum and other new-winged beetles by also having banded coloration patterns on its wings (Marshall 2008).

Calopteron reticulatum's common name, the Banded Net-Winged Beetle not only because of its banded coloration on its wings, but also from the ridgd patterns on its wings that look like nets (Eisner et al. 2005).

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