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Genus Enoclerus

Checkered Beetle - Enoclerus schaefferi Fainting Beetle - Enoclerus sphegeus Cryptic Clerid (Enoclerus) - Enoclerus sphegeus Cleridae - Enoclerus nigripes Beetle pandemonium - Enoclerus sphegeus Enoclerus quadrisignatus? - Enoclerus quadrisignatus Checkered Beetle - Enoclerus Handsome Yucca Beetle_Enoclerus spinolae - Enoclerus spinolae
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)
Print References
Rifkind, J. 2016. Enoclerus Gahan: predators of chemically protected ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Cleridae and Coccinellidae). Insecta Mundi 0514: 1-5.
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.