California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Macrosaigon cruentum
Scientific name: Macrosaigon cruentum (Germar)
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What it looks like:
5-8 mm in length. Its body has large alternating stripes of orange and black and long legs, making it look like a wasp.
Where you'll find it: These beetles are found throughout California. They can be found in mountain ranges (coastal and inland) and in more desert-like environments. They are particularly abundant on flowers of buckwheat (Erigonum).
Natural History: This species is parasitic, preying as larvae on wasps. The other species in this genus is a bee parasite.
This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.