Cleridae (predators)

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Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Buntkäfer
• English: checkered beetles
• Español: cléridos
• Français: cléridés
Thanasimus dubius (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Natasha Wright, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Source: IPM Images

Cleridae (predators) - (checkerd beetles)

The family of checkered beetles contains more than 3,000 species and has a world-wide distribution. Some are storage pests, see Cleridae (pests), however, most are beneficial predators which feed on other insects. Several species are important predators of bark beetles like Thanasimus dubius or Enoclerus sphegeus.

The adults are medium-sized (3-50 mm), elongated, slightly flat and brightly coloured. The pronotum is often cylindrical and narrower than the elytra. The tarsi have usually 5 segments on all legs and the entire body is covered with bristle-like hairs.

The following genera are currently entered under this family: