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280 days of Urbpandemonium #131

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Beetles are defined by their hard, protective outer wings. Biology may as well be defined by exceptions to classifications. This banded net-winged beetle Caloptera reticulum* has soft outer wing covers that protect it in a different way. The high contrast orange and black colors let would-be predators know that this beetle doesn't taste good.

It is generally accepted that net-winged beetle larvae are predatory. This species apparently roams under dead bark to find its prey. At least one source, however, claims that "Despite anecdotal reports of carnivory, most, if not all [net-winged beetle larvae], feed on myxomycetes or metabolic products of fungi."

* "Netted beautiful wings"

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