Odd Striped Ant
Location: Upstate NY
November 4, 2010 3:34 am
I found this little ant-like creature crawling up the inside of my pants. Felt like it might have bit me but it could have just been his/her jagged legs.
Any idea on what this insect is?
You have had a close encounter with a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, and it appears as though it is Thanasimus dubius according to images posted to BugGuide. The family page on BugGuide offers this information: “predaceous on other insects, larvae mostly on wood- and cone-borers; some adults feed on pollen; a few species are scavengers.“