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Subfamily Clerinae

Checkered Beete - a green and yellow beetle - Trichodes ornatus Black light Madera Canyon - Enoclerus luscus  Enoclerus? - Thanasimus Enoclerus nigrifrons (Say) - Enoclerus nigrifrons Beetle - Trichodes ornatus Cleridae, dorsal - Trichodes nuttalli Placopterus thoracicus Checkered beetle - Enoclerus ichneumoneus
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
Numbers
the largest subfamily in the Cleridae, with 69 spp. in 7 genera in our area(1) and >1600 described (+many undescribed) spp. in >110 genera worldwide(2)
Size
worldwide, 2.8–44.0 mm(2)
Range
worldwide, most abundant in the tropics(2)
Habitat
Most adults hunt on the outside bark while the larvae feed in the tunnels of inner bark(2)
Food
most prey on wood infesting insects, esp. bark beetles; Trichodes spp. feed on pollen and other anthophilic insects; Aulicus terrestris, on lepidopterous larvae and egg masses of lubber grasshoppers(2)
Life Cycle
3-5 larval instars, 1-4 generations per year; in cold climes, overwintering may take place as mature larvae, pupae, or adults(2)
Remarks
Most adults are diurnal(2)
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.Classification, natural history, phylogeny, and subfamily composition of the Cleridae and generic content of the subfamilies
Opitz W. 2010. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collections Frey 32: 31–128.