Length: 14-17 mm
The Latin name femoralis seems to refer to the two-toned legs, a key trait of this species. Look for these beetles on flowers or foliage. They also are attracted to lights.
Males of this species have, as Downie and Arnett (1996) described it, "deep double fovea between eyes." This traits is seen in the photo at left as two round depressions between and to the front of the eyes. The antennae of the males are also more pectinate than those of the females.
A more common Fire-Colored Beetle found in West Virginia, often on flowers, is Pedilus terminalis.
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Insects of West Virginia