Thursday, September 15, 2011

Calopteron reticulatum

While trying to ID some insects I photographed in the Whites last weekend I managed to find an ID for this insect, featured in the Drumlin Farm post a few weeks back.

Common name: Reticulated Netwinged Beetle. The post also said it was frequently mistaken for a firefly which is exactly what I thought it was at first glance. This beetle is a bit bigger though and what I caught on camera is apparently a common male defensive behavior: spreading wings when threatened. It then flew away, seems like a good idea if you're being threatened by a giant photographer.

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