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Genus Chariessa

Chariessa elegans (Cleridae) - Chariessa elegans Chariessa pilosa? - Chariessa pilosa Beetle IMG_8358 - Chariessa elegans Small Black Firefly? - Chariessa pilosa Male, Chariessa catalina? - Chariessa catalina Chariessa catalina? - Chariessa catalina Chariessa catalina? - Chariessa catalina Beetle with bright red legs - Chariessa vestita
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 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 beeltes (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.