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Genus Chariessa

Chariessa dichroa - male Flying red and black beetle - Chariessa catalina Beetle - Chariessa pilosa Chariessa sp? - Chariessa texana Small Black Firefly? - Chariessa pilosa Beetle with bright red legs - Chariessa vestita Beetle with bright red legs - Chariessa vestita Unknown Beetle - Chariessa texana
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 Peloniinae
Genus Chariessa
Explanation of Names
Chariessa Perty 1830
from Greek 'pretty'
7 spp. in our area(1)
11-15 mm(2)
Antennae distinctive
C. pilosa mostly e NA, 1 sp. endemic to s. FL, 5 spp. western (BC-CA-TX)(1)
Larvae prey on wood-boring insects(3)
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid in bark crevices/holes in. Pupate in soil or under bark(4) in prey's pupal cell
Works Cited
1.Systematics of the checkered beetle genus Chariessa Perty
Opitz, W. 2017. Insecta Mundi 0574: 1-42.
2.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.
3.The checkered beetles (Coleoptera: Cleridae) of Florida.
Leavengood, Jr., J.M. 2008. University of Florida, Gainesville. 206 pp.
4.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Lorus and Margery Milne. 1980. Knopf.