Porrostoma rhipidius Click to enlarge image
Long-nosed Lycid Beetle, Porrostoma rhipidius Image: Andrew Donnelly
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    rhipidius
    Genus
    Porrostoma
    Subfamily
    Metriorrhynchinae
    Family
    Lycidae
    Super Family
    Elateroidea
    Suborder
    Polyphaga
    Order
    Coleoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    1 cm - 2 cm

The vividly coloured Long-nosed Lycid Beetle is thought to feed on nectar and is very noticeable when on plant blossoms or in slow flight.

Identification

The red and black colours of the Long-nosed Lycid Beetle are a warning to visual predators that it is highly toxic if eaten. Several other insects including flies, wasps, moths and other beetles, share its colours. Some of these are also toxic, but some are not and gain the same benefit by fraud.

Habitat

The Long-nosed Lycid Beetle lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and heath.

Distribution

The Long-nosed Lycid Beetle is found in eastern Australia.

Feeding and diet

The Long-nosed Lycid Beetle eats nectar.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Long-nosed Lycid Beetle larvae live in leaf litter, under bark or on mouldy wood. It is thought that they feed on moulds.