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Genus Enoclerus

Enoclerus analis (LeConte) - Enoclerus analis Beetle-Enoclerus eximius - Enoclerus eximius What bug, please? - Enoclerus nigripes Paiute Mountain Clerid - Enoclerus lecontei Enoclerus nigripes Cleridae, lateral - Enoclerus nigripes Enoclerus nigripes Enoclerus rosmarus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Clerinae
Genus Enoclerus
Explanation of Names
Enoclerus Gahan 1910
Numbers
close to 40 spp. in our area(1), a lot more in Mesoamerica
Size
3-24 mm(2)
Range
Across the continent
Habitat
under bark, in galls, around woody plants, rarely on foliage(2)
Food
larvae and adults are predacious; adults may feed on pollen, some species are attracted to carrion and "stored animal products"(2)
Remarks
might be mistaken for velvet ants (Mutillidae)
Internet References
Enoclerus of North and Central America, a helpful photo gallery by Jacques Rifkind (images arranged alphabetically by species)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.