Lebia solea

Ground Beetle
Lebia solea

Identification:

Ground Beetle Lebia solea came to moth lights, June 06, 2012. Photo 2 of 2. Wheatley, Ontario.
Ground Beetle Lebia solea came to moth lights, June 06, 2012. Photo 2 of 2. Wheatley, Ontario.

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.
Abdomen: Reddish-yellow.

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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