Subject: Possible Velvet Ant?
Location: Northeast Los Angeles
March 20, 2013 2:17 pm
Hello again! One more for you, that I’ve been holding on to for a while. This little guy was also found on Mt. Washington in Los Angeles, I believe last spring. Its appearance says ”velvet ant” to me, but I can’t find a similar image online. Classic velvet ants seem to be much more colorful, with more red or orange.
Signature: Jonathan V
Hi Again Jonathan,
We are nearly certain this is a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, but our initial search on BugGuide did not produce any matches. If it is not a Checkered Beetle, our second choice is a Darkling Beetle. We will contact Eric Eaton for some assistance.
Eric Eaton provides a correction: Ipochus fasciatus
We were both wrong! You thought it was a clerid or a tenebrionid. I thought for certain it was a spider beetle (Anobiidae: Ptininae or Ptinidae). Turns out it is a longhorn! Here:
Crazy. I knew it looked familiar, but it took looking in an old, dusty copy of Essig’s Insects and Mites of Western North America to find a figure that matched.
Would love to share these images on Bugguide and maybe in a blog post. Thanks.
That’s fantastic, Daniel, thanks! Boy, I wasn’t seeing a beetle at all, but now that I look at some other pictures and look at the legs, etc., it’s much more beetle-like. No wonder I couldn’t find anything like it under the Velvet Ants. Back to Entomology 101, I guess (and that was a long time ago!).
Please pass along my permission to use the images, if Eric would like. Happy to help.