N etwinged beeties

I he wings of these soft-bodied, blaek-and-red or yellow beetles often have a netlike pattern of cells on the elytra. Adult females of a few rainforest species look like very large larvae.

• I JFK CYdhli F'ggs are typically laid in or on the larval feeding site - the larvae suck liquids from rotting matter or cat small arthropods. There is some debate about what these beetles eat, and little is known about the life cycle of most species. Adults probably do not feed a great deal, but some take nectar and pollen.

• OCCl JRRFNCF Worldwide, except in

New Zealand, mainly in warmer regions. In wooded and wcll-vegetated areas.

• red-andddack elytra have * h lark tips

-• net like sculpturing on elytra elytra spread out at tips elytra have * h lark tips

-• net like sculpturing on elytra elytra spread out at tips

LARVAE are often wider in the middle than at the ends, and the dorsal surface may be patterned.

i ac l .s spe( :ies are typically flat, with black-and-rcd warning coloration that deters predators. Males and females may have different shapes or markings.

Larval feeding habits ^ ^

0rder COLEOPTERA

Family ME LOI DAE

No. of species ^ qqq

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