Enoclerus sphegeus (predator)

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Enoclerus sphegeus (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Brytten Steed, USDA Forest Service
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Enoclerus sphegeus (predator) (Fabricius, 1787)

This species is an important predator of bark beetles in North America. Mainly bark beetle of the genus Dendroctonus are attacked. Both the larvae and adults feed inside the galleries on bark beetle larvae. The adults of E. sphegeus are around 10-12 mm long, black with greyish marks and partly reddish on the ventral surface of the abdomen.