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Net-winged Beetle (Calopteron sp.).  Thriving on the juices of foliage and flowers and other insects as nourishment in hilly terrain, this beetle is easily recognized by its combination of body colors of red, orange, and black.  The colors advertise to predators that it is dangerous and to stay away.  The larvae of the beetle is carnivorous and lives under the bark of a tree or decomposing vegetation.  As an adult, the beetle can mature to 3/4" in length.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes and Janine Ngai