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Genus Aulicus

Aulicus monticola Checkered Beetle (Aulicus dentipes) - Aulicus dentipes Aulicus Aulicus Aulicus Checkered beetle - Aulicus sp. - Aulicus antennatus Checkered beetle - Aulicus sp. - Aulicus antennatus Cleroidea? (Cleridae or Melyridae?) - Aulicus antennatus
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
Genus Aulicus
Explanation of Names
Aulicus Spinola 1841
10 spp. in our area(1)
7-20 mm(1)
Southcentral and w. US(1)
very active on flowers, foliage of shrubs and trees, or found scurrying on the soil surface(1)
Most spp. are very active during the oviposition period of grasshoppers(1)
Adults feed on Noctuidae caterpillars whereas the larvae feed on the egg masses of lubber grasshppers(1)
Life Cycle
"Adults lay their eggs on grasshopper ootheca for larvae to feed on grasshopper embryos." (Weston Opitz, pers. comm.)
Print References
Barr, W.F. and D.E. Foster. 1979. Revision of the genus Aulicus (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Melanderia 33: 1–31.
Linsley, E.G. 1936. Studies in the genus Aulicus Spinola (Coleoptera-Cleridae). University of California Publications in Entomology 6: 249-262.
Mawdsley J.R. (2002) Cladistic analysis of the Nearctic checkered beetle genus Aulicus Spinola (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society 109: 337-343.
Schaeffer, C. (1921) New species of North American clerid beetles of the genus Aulicus. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 59(2365): 151–159. (Full Text)
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.