Fernandez Netwing Beetle

Lycus fernandezi

Lycus fernandezi photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in Florida Canyon, Sta. Rita Mountains, Arizona, USA. 28 July 2013.

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The base color of the elytra (hardened, second pair of wings) is orange rather than red. Net-winged beetles have prominent veins in the elytra which gives them a net-like appearance. This species is also likely aposematic. That is the insect has little fear of being predated by a bird or other visual predator because the coloration advertises a noxious biochemical within. When foraging in flowers for nectar or pollen for example they move slowly and do not readily fly.

Chrysomelidae -- Leaf Beetle Family

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