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Subfamily Clerinae

unidentified Coleoptera - Enoclerus rosmarus Cleridae, dorsal - Trichodes nuttalli Enoclerus rosmarus Clerid walking on fine Viburnum twigs - Enoclerus ichneumoneus enoclerus nigripes? - Enoclerus nigripes Bug on Calochortus gunnisonii - Trichodes nuttalli Trichodes peninsularis horni? - Trichodes peninsularis Female, Trichodes peninsularis horni? - Trichodes peninsularis - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea
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.