Harlequin Beetle

My Home: I am native to the Americas and found in warm climates, primarily Central and South America. I am a type of long-horned beetle. Active during the day, but can be found around lights at night.

What I eat: I feed on the sap from trees.

What I look like: I have black, yellow and red markings. I can grow up to 3 inches in length. If I am a male Harlequin Beetle, my forelegs can be longer than my entire body. Even with these long forelegs, I can crawl as well as fly.

How I am born: I go through four stages of development (complete metamorphosis): egg, larva, pupa and adult. If I am a female beetle, I will lay my eggs in the bark of a tree and can lay up to 20 eggs at a time. Once my egg hatch into larva, they will bury into the wood where they will remain for up to 8 months. They will pupate in the wood and emerge after another 4 months. It will take almost a year to become an adult beetle.

Fun Facts Harlequin beetles often have tiny arachnids, known as pseudoscorpions, living under their wing covers. These pseudoscorpions use the beetles for transportation.