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Hi Bugman,
Recently back from my holiday on the south coast of France (Cote D’Azur), when out searching for butterflies came across many of these beetle like insects sitting on Flower heads in the early morning. Have looked through your site and have seen similar but none with the 3 orange bands. Any ideas as too id? Thanks
Andrew

Hi Andrew,
This is a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae. We believe it is in the genus Trichodes, perhaps one of the species pictured on the Insectarium Virtual website.

Correction: January 5, 2010
We just received a comment identifying this as a Blister Beetle.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: France

2 Responses to Blister Beetle from France

  1. cleridoz says:

    Hi. The antennae and hind tarsi, plus the shape of the elytra, indicate that this beetle is a ‘blister beetle’ of the family Meloidae, and definitely not a clerid beetle. Cheers!

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