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Species Pelonides quadripunctata

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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 Enopliinae
Genus Pelonides
Species quadripunctata (Pelonides quadripunctata)
Other Common Names
Four-spotted Checkered Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pelonides quadripunctata (Say)
Orig. Comb: Enoplium quadripunctata Say 1823
4.5–8.0 mm(1)
forebody (head+prothorax) is entirely black (individuals with any red marking on the forebody are P. quadrinotata)
e US (OH-IL to AL-TX)(1)(2)
Mar-May (BG data)
Adults visit flowers of Pyracantha, Cornus, Crataegus, Prosopis, Prunus, Quercus
can be locally abundant in the se US: "I've seen thousands on a single Photinia tree/bush at various localities." (J. MacGown, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2017)
See Also
Pelonides quadrinotata (Haldeman)
- Range: TX to KS
Print References
Say, T. 1823. Descriptions of coleopterous insects collected in the late expedition to the Rocky Mountains performed by order of Mr. Calhoun, Secretary of War, under command of Major Long. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 3(1): 9-54, 73-104, 139-216.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2007
Works Cited
1.Taxonomic revision of the New World genus Pelonides Kuwert (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Enopliinae)
Opitz W. 2015. Can. Entomol. 147: 501-526.
2.An Illustrated Inventory of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Lick Creek Park, College Station, Texas
Edward G. Riley. 2013. Texas A&M University, Dept. Entomology, College Station.