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Location: Wittmann, AZ 85361
November 6, 2011 1:07 pm
We found this bug in our house in Mobile Gardens in Wittmann, Arizona. We have tried to identify it with no luck. My son took the picture and then let it free outside. This would have been around mid October, 2011.
Signature: Ken Matchett

Checkered Beetle

Hi Ken,
Our initial impression was that this is a Checkered Beetle, and upon researching on
BugGuide, we have confirmed that suspicion, and we believe it might be Enoclerus quadrisignatus.  According to BugGuide, the species is “Highly variable” and “Ferocious predators of wood boring beetles.”

black beetle with long yellow spots
Location: Colorado Mountains Eastern Slope 8500 feet
July 11, 2011 3:28 pm
This beetle is on a wild potentilla (cinquefoil) plant in our forest on the eastern slope of the Colorado Rockies at 8500 feet. I thought it looked similar to a cucumber beetle, but I don’t believe that’s what it is. Can you help me with an identification?
Signature: Eric Christensen

Checkered Beetle

Hi Eric,
We wish your photo depicted the antennae.  We are nearly certain that this is a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, and it might be the highly variable Ornate Checkered Beetle,
Trichodes ornatus.  This individual on BugGuide has very subtle spotting like your individual and this example from BugGuide even more so.

australian sparkly bug
Location: Victoria, Australia
December 26, 2010 8:21 pm
hi, thanks for the great site. Here’s a bug from Victoria, Australia (outer northeastern suburbs of Melbourne). It’s the sparkliest bug I’ve ever seen but I have no idea what it is!
Signature: Ophelia

Checkered Beetle

Hi Ophelia,
Our initial search of the Insects of Brisbane website did not produce any potential identification, but we will continue to research this query.  Your beetle somewhat resembles the Checkered Beetles in the family Cleridae, so we are linking to the Superfamily Cleroidea on BugGuide.  This really is a pretty little beetle.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide some assistance.

Mardikavana who frequently assists in the identification of Beetles, has provided a comment indicating that this is a False Blister Beetle in the family Oedemeridae.  BugGuide has information on the family.  The Brisbane Insect website indicates that the family are known as Pollen Feeding Beetles.  The Life Unseen website does not identify this species among the members of the family Oedemeridae that are represented on the site.

wow – thanks for the quick reply. I’d never seen anything quite so
sparkly in beetle form.  I’m in Victoria rather than brisbane, way
down south-east.

Update: January 5, 2010
A new comment just arrived that contradicts the False Blister Beetle identification and which agrees with our initial Checkered Beetle ID.  We found a link on Flickr (and a second on Flickr) that supports the Checkered Beetle ID as well as a different species from the genus on Oz Animals.

What is this?
Location: cocoa, fl
November 26, 2010 12:10 am
We found this the other day and it looks kinda like an ant of some sort then it flew away…
Signature: huh?

Checkered Beetle

Dear huh?,
You encountered a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, and it appears to be
Enoclerus ichneumoneus based on an image we matched on BugGuideThe family page on BugGuide contains this information:  “predaceous on other insects, larvae mostly on wood- and cone-borers; some adults feed on pollen; a few species are scavengers.

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?
Signature: Jillian

Checkered Beetle

Hi Jillian,
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.

can anyone tell me what this is?
May 20, 2010
Hi, I found your site recently and have found it really interesting and informative. I live in Bulgaria and have become amazed by the amount of different bugs here. This could be the first of many insects that I need help identifying, it was in my garden today and is the first I have seen like this.

Checkered Beetle

Dear DJ,
WE are quite certain that this is a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, but we don’t know the species.  BugGuide, one of our favorite sources of identification, has information on the family, including this description:  “Body usually long and narrow, covered with bristly hairs and often marked with red, orange, yellow, or blue.
We believe we have identified your Checkered Beetle as Clerus mutillarius on the BioLib website.  According to the TrekNature website:  “The beetle breeds under loose bark, mainly on conifer trees, where both adults and larvae feed on the grubs of other beetles, especially bark beetles.”  According to Wikipedia, Clerus mutillarius appeared on a postage stamp for the German Democratic Republic in 1968.