Sap Feeding Beetle - Bugs and Beetles in Sutton Massachusetts
Beetles are all members of the Coleoptera order of creatures. There are of course tons and tons of types of beetles. A full 40% of all known insects are beetles! They're quite diverse creatures. Beetles have a hard shell to keep them safe from harm.
Down in the ladybug superfamily, or Cucujoidea, there is a family called the Sap-Feeding Beetle - Nitidulidae.
There are several types of sap feeding beetles. These specific sap-feeding beetles in my photos are primarily black, with four bright orange splotches that look like jigsaw puzzle pieces. These are the Glischrochilus fasciatus. They live on the dead bark from injured and dying trees. Think of them as nature's cleaning crew. If a tree has dead bark that needs to be removed, these friendly sap-feeding beetles come in to do the job!
These next photos are of a different sap feeding beetle, this one from June 2011.
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