Head: Wide, reddish-yellow, whiskers (palpi) dark.
Antenna: First 3 segments pale, rest of antenna dark.
Thorax (Pronotum): Twice as wide as long, reddish-yellow. Side margins rounded, with rim or shelf, somewhat lighter in color. Pale on underside.
Wings (Elytra): Black with an irregular, reddish-yellow stripe down each wing. Stripes narrow past middle of wing, sometimes fading completely before widening again and extending across wing tips. Side margins of wings also reddish-yellow. Wing tips square, abdomen usually protruding.
Legs: Reddish-yellow. Males have pads on underside of front feet.
Similar Species: Lebia vittata has wings with two cream, evenly wide stripes, and a short red stripe at center of base. Legs brownish.
Size: 4.5 to 6 mm.
Habitat: Forest edges and meadows, on tree and plant leaves like goldenrod.
Food: Small insects, leaf beetle larvae.
Flight Time: May to June; again in September.
Life Cycle: Larvae feed on leaf beetle pupae, becoming adults by early fall. Adults over-winter. One generation per year. Attracted to lights.
Comments: Essex County – photos. Kent County – Rondeau Provincial Park.
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