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Orange-banded Clerid 

Enoclerus ichneumoneus (Fabricius, 1776) 

Family Cleridae, Subfamily Clerinae


Orange-banded Clerid - Enoclerus ichneumoneus (Fabricius, 1776) 

Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge
9 mi ne of Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., Oklahoma
April 22, 2003 (Charles Schurch Lewallen)

Texas County Records for Enoclerus ichneumoneus

Orange-banded Clerid - Enoclerus ichneumoneus (Fabricius, 1776) 

County Record Data from E.G. Riley, Dec. 2005

Range: Canada to Florida, Utah, California, Arizona, Texas (Wolcott, 1947).

Biology: Both larvae and adults are predacious. Larvae feed on wood-boring insects.

Habitat: More common in bottomland hardwood forests than in upland forests (Warriner et al, 2004)

Similar Species: There are 32 species of Enoclerus (Arnett et al, 2002). 

Texas Taxa:

Enoclerus ichneumoneus (Fabricius) 
Enoclerus quadrisignatus
Enoclerus vetus

Clerid ID Aids

North American Cleridae associated with conifers - Bruce D. Ayres & W. F. Barr.
A Guide to the Cleridae of Atlantic Canada - Christopher Majka

Etymology: Enoclerus ichneumoneus (Fabricius, 1776) 

en (G). In, into - or - eno (G). Wine
cler, -i, -o, =us (G). A lot, portion; a kind of insect
ichneum, -on (G). A tracker; a kind of wasp

Biography: Johan Christian Fabricius (1745-1808), Danish botanist and entomologist - Wikipedia


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14 Jun 2008  © Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information