16 May 2020

Lycid beetle – Raydah Escarpment

Whilst birding the bottom of the Raydah Escarpment I came across a Lycid beetle that looked similar to Tailed Net-winged Beetle Lycus trabeatus. This beetle is known to occur in Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa. The bettle shown below thus may be different species. They are diurnal, aposematic insects. Adults feed on various flowers and their nectar, while larvae live under tree bark, in dead wood, or in detritus where they may live on fungi. It inhabits subtropical forests, savannahs and grasslands. If anyone knows the actual species please could they let me know.
Lycid beetle