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Species Chariessa pilosa

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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
Species pilosa (Chariessa pilosa)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chariessa pilosa (Forster)
Orig. Comb: Lampyris pilosa Forster 1781
Explanation of Names
pilosa = 'hairy'
Length 7.0-15.0 mm (1)
Pronotal discal black lines broad and proximal to each other (1)
mostly e. NA to Great Plains, plus scattered nw US records (1), the most widely distributed clerid species in NA
on infested hardwoods and conifers(2)(3)
May-July (BG data); Mar-Jul in FL(3)
Larvae prey on wood-boring larvae(2)
One of the most common clerids in eastern forests(4)
Adults diurnal but come to lights(3)
Considered to be a mimic of fireflies (Lampyridae)(2)(3):
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Quinn 2008
Works Cited
1.Systematics of the checkered beetle genus Chariessa Perty
Opitz, W. 2017. Insecta Mundi 0574: 1-42.
2.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
3.The checkered beeltes (Coleoptera: Cleridae) of Florida.
Leavengood, Jr., J.M. 2008. University of Florida, Gainesville. 206 pp.
4.Catalogue of North American beetles of the family Cleridae
Wolcott A.B. 1947. Fieldiana: Zoology 32: 63–105.