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Species Thanasimus dubius - Dubious Checkered Beetle

Clerid - Thanasimus dubius soldier beetle? - Thanasimus dubius Thanasimus dubius (Fabricius) - Thanasimus dubius Checkered Beetle - Thanasimus dubius Clerid - Thanasimus dubius beetle - Thanasimus dubius Thanasimus dubius (Fabricius) - Thanasimus dubius Thanasimus dubius (Fabricius) - Thanasimus dubius
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 Thanasimus
Species dubius (Dubious Checkered Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thanasimus dubius (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Clerus dubius Fabricius 1776
5 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Adults: 7-9 mm (2)
e. US to NM (NM-FL-ME-MN) / Ont / Mex (2)
Adults collected in Florida in all months except for Aug. and Sept. (2)
Life Cycle
A predator of the southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmerman (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Both adult and larval stages of T. dubius are predacious on all life stages of bark beetles from egg to adult. (2)
Also a predator of many other bark beetles including Ips, Dendroctonus, Polygraphus (Scolytinae) and other wood-borers in coniferous trees. (2)
Most such predation occurs in spruce, pine and elm trees. (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.The checkered beeltes (Coleoptera: Cleridae) of Florida.
Leavengood, Jr., J.M. 2008. University of Florida, Gainesville. 206 pp.