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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Hook-winged Net-winged Beetle

Afrikaans name:

Hook-winged Net-winged Beetle

Hook-winged Net-winged Beetle

Photo © Steven Herbert

Lycus melanurus

This attractive beetle belongs to the family Lycidae or Net-winged Beetles.

The name Hook-winged Net-winged Beetle is a bit of a mouthful which is kind of apt as they are thought to be distasteful to predators.

They are active during the day. They are found on plants where they feed on nectar. At times they may be found in large numbers.

Their preferred habitats are gardens, savanna, grasslands and forest.

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