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Lycid Beetles - FAMILY LYCIDAE

This page contains information and pictures about Lycid Beetles that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 20mm
Lycid Beetles are elongated beetles and may be found on flowers or on plant surfaces. Some species adults are nectar-feeders, some are not feed at all. Their head is usually triangular in shape. Antennae are medium long , thick and in serrate form (saw-tooth-like segments). Most of them are in typical brick-red colour. Adults usually found on flowers or plants surface.
Larvae can be found under bark, in soil or in leaf litter. They prey on other insect larvae and pupae.
Lycid Beetles are distasteful to birds which is the model of the mimicry complex.  

Long-nosed Lycid Beetle
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Metriorrhynchus rhipidius, body length 20mm
Lycid beetles feed on nectar. The bright orange and black colours are a warning to predators that it is highly toxic and distasteful. Many other insects including flies, wasps and other beetles, mimic its colours. Some of these are also toxic, but some are not and gain the same benefit by fraud. This could be the second most popular visual warning signal (Lycid Beetle mimicry rings) in the insects world, next to the yellow and black strips of wasps and bees. More pictures and information can be found in this page.
Red Shoulder Lycid Beetle
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Trichalus ampliatus, body length 20mm 
This beetle look similar to the above species except both sides of the head is brick-red colour. The second picture shows two Lycid beetles get caught on a plant stem. The plant has hook hairs on stem and leave which will attach even on our skin or clothes. Once insects land on them, are trapped. Please also visit this page for more information.
Lycid Beetles
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Three Lycid Beetles in a mating complex. Photo taken in Yugarapul Park during early summer.  
Look like a Lycid larva
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? sp. , length 20mm
Some visitors send us email suggested that this could be a larva of firefly family LAMPYRIDAE. However, we never saw a firefly in our area. Later we found that this could be a Lycid larva. The Lycid larva lives in leaf litter or under bark, feeds on moulds.

Reference and Link:
1. LYCIDAE - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Heritage.  
2. Long-nosed Lycid Beetle Fact File - Wildlife of Sydney, Australian Museum 2005.
3. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 638.
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Last updated: December 25, 2006.