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Banded Net-wing Beetle

Calopteron reticulatum (Fabricius)

Family Lycidae, Subfamily Lycinae, Tribe Calopterini


Tray Mountain Wilderness Area, Georgia
June 24, 2001 (Troy Bartlett)

Range: Eastern half of the United States (Arnett et al, 1980).

Biology: Larvae are predators that forage in the leaf litter (Miller, 1988).

Similar Species: There are 149 species of Calopteron found throughout the New World, three are found forth of Mexico (Arnett et al, 2002). 

Calopteron discrepans (Newman, 1838)
Calopteron reticulatum (Fabricius, 1775)
Calopteron terminale (Say, 1823)

Photos: Calopteron species - Cedar Creek


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Miller, R.S. 1988. Behavior of Calopteron reticulatum (F.) Larvae (Coleoptera: Lycidae). Ohio Journal of Science, 88(3): 119-120. 

Young, D.K. & R.L. Fischer. 1972. The pupation of Calopteron terminale (Say) (Coleoptera: Lycidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 26(1): 17-18. 

White, R.E. 1983. A Field Guide to the Beetles of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 368 pp.

07 Jan 2006   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information