Checkered Beetle

from New Mexico
This bug is after the pollen on our prairie coneflowers. There are many of them this year and we had never noticed them before. Are they some kind of wasp, or some kind of beetle? Thanks,
Juan Ortega

Hi Juan,
This is some species of Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, but we do not know which species. Perhaps Eric Eaton will write in with that answer.

Update (06/26/2007) From Eric Eaton:
“My friend Jacques Rifkind, a world authority on Cleridae, identified the checkered beetle from New Mexico as Trichodes bibalteatus. We don’t even have that one on Bugguide, I don’t think. Lovely shot, too…. Eric ”

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