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Subfamily Clerinae

Checkered Beetle - Trichodes apivorus Aulicus femoralis Schaeffer - Aulicus femoralis Red-blue Checkered Beetle - Trichodes nuttalli Checkered Beetle - Enoclerus nigrifrons Coleoptera - Enoclerus nigripes Beetle for ID - Placopterus thoracicus beetle, black & orange - Trichodes ornatus Priocera castanea? - Priocera castanea
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
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)
worldwide, 2.8–44.0 mm(2)
worldwide, most abundant in the tropics(2)
Most adults hunt on the outside bark while the larvae feed in the tunnels of inner bark(2)
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)
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.