beetles Insect Facts
The Fire-Colored beetles Insect cardinal beetle, pyrochroa coccinea, lives around old tree stumps in European forests. The larvae feed under the bark on insects. Length up to 0.6 inches (15 mm).
Common name: Fire-Colored beetles (cardinal beetles in Britain)
Number of species: About 100 (15 U.S.)
Size: From about 0.2 in (5 mm) to about 0.8 in (20 mm)
Key features: Elytra mainly red or orange, rather elongate, widening out from front to rear; Fire-Colored beetles Insect distinct necklike projection visible behind the head; pronotum narrower than elytra; antennae long, usually sawtoothed, also comblike or feathery; legs long
Habits: Adults of some species are often found sitting around on flowers, Fire-Colored beetles Insect sometimes on logs; most species are nocturnal and rarely seen; larvae live under bark of dead and dying trees
Breeding: Feathery antennae of some males indicate that they probably locate females night by scents; mating rarely seen, Fire-Colored beetles Insecteven in common day-active species; females lay their eggs on dead trees
Diet: Adults feed on pollen; larvae feed on other insects dead bark
Habitat: Mainly forests; also roadsides with trees, swamps, and scrub
Distribution: More or less worldwide; scarce in deserts and grasslands.
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