Enoclerus ichneumoneus

Checkered Beetle

Enoclerus ichneumoneus, Checkered Beetle photo



Family: Cleridae

Subfamily: Clerinae

Length: 8-11 mm


At a distance Enoclerus ichneumoneus looks somewhat like a Velvet Ant, a type of wasp with a painful sting. This mimicry encourages predators to leave it alone.

This species is not particularly common, but its relatively large size and bright coloration means that it is noticed when it does appear.

Adults may be seen on tree trunks, where they look for larval or adult Bark and Ambrosia Beetles to feed upon.

Enoclerus ichneumoneus range map

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